Thumb's Rule Tested: Visual Angle of Thumb's Width is about 2 Deg
- Robert P O'Shea
Measures of the size of various hand parts and their viewing distance when held at arm's length were made on one hundred and eighteen undergraduate students. A simple rule of thumb can be confirmed: Visual angle of the width of the thumb held at arm's length is about 2 deg. The thumbnail subtends about 1.5 deg and the index fingernail about 1 deg in width, when both are held at arm's length. These figures are good approximations for males and females, although a significant, direct, linear relationship exists between hand-part size and the visual angle of the part at arm's length.
- Received March 8, 1990.
- Revision received September 20, 1990.
- © 1991 SAGE Publications