TACTUAL PERCEPTION OF TEXTURE

Authors
  1. Taylor, M.M.
  2. Lederman, S.J.
  3. Gibson, R.H.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Touch is old and intimate, and ill understood. Whether or not hearing evolved from a touch-like vibratory sense, the touch of which we are possessed is complex. A partial list of object properties readily determined by touch and not by vision or hearing might include temperature, hardness, roughness, elasticity, stickiness, slipperiness, rubberiness, the homogeneity of what lies under the surface, and so forth. Combinations of these properties are together perceived as texture, and texture, not form alone, is the prime province of touch. The perception of texture by touch is at least as complex as the perception of auditory qualities, and may well prove to be more so.
Report Number
RP-820 — Research Paper
Date of publication
01 Jan 1973
Number of Pages
22
Reprinted from
Handbook of Perception, vol 3, 1973, p 251-272
DSTKIM No
74-03305
CANDIS No
22923
Format(s):
Hardcopy

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