Spatial perception of textures depends on length-scale

David Arthur Burns, Roberta L. Klatzky, Michael A. Peshkin, J. Edward Colgate

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This study explores the ability to sense, retain, and recall tactile textures with and without deliberate visuospatial distraction. By examining this tactile recall for textures with significantly different characteristic length scales, we aim to distinguish modes of textural processing that are differentiated with respect to the use of spatial working memory. All textures were produced on a glass panel where ultrasonic vibrations modulated the friction between glass and the user's finger. The goal of this study is to demonstrate that spatial working memory is a significant tool in representing textures with relatively large inter-feature spacing, but does not appear to play a large factor when textures have relatively small inter-feature spacing. This conclusion suggests that spatial information is only relevant in texture sensation above a certain length scale, which could contribute to the reduction of information required for a texture to be realistically reproduced in a virtual setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665418713
StatePublished - Jul 6 2021
Event2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2021 - Virtual, Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 6 2021Jul 9 2021

Publication series

Name2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2021


Conference2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference, WHC 2021
CityVirtual, Montreal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Control and Optimization
  • Sensory Systems


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