The variation in the distribution of sense receptors within the skin. Some points will be more sensitive than others. For example, pain receptive spots are more densely distributed than spots where nerves detect cold.

PUNCTATE SENSITIVITY: "punctate sensitivity of the skin to pain is often higher than to pressure."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PUNCTATE SENSITIVITY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/punctate-sensitivity/ (accessed October 20, 2021).