The Psychology of Touch

By Morton A. Heller; William Schiff | Go to book overview

PREFACE

The Psychology of Touch is designed to appeal to a broad audience of experimental psychologists, researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. Many of the chapters are important reading for educators of people with perceptual impairments, special education students, medical and dental students, nursing students, and other workers in health-related fields. Most chapters require minimal specialized knowledge, because the authors have defined terms and explained methodology for readers outside of the immediate research area. This book is particularly useful as an adjunct to courses in sensation and perception, at the graduate and advanced undergraduate level.

The editors wish to point out that there is no "single theory" of touch. The field has not progressed to the point where we have theoretical conformity, because too many issues remain unresolved. We should note that haptics shares this status with most other fields of perception and psychology. Some researchers have adopted a Gibsonian approach ( Epstein, Hughes, Schneider, & Bach-y-Rita, 1989; Solomon & Turvey, 1988). Others have made use of information-processing types of experimental paradigms (e.g., Horner & Craig, 1989; Manning, 1980); still many other researchers do not clearly fit into a single theoretical mold.

There is more to the psychology of touch than "meets the hand." Although many people may not associate touch with philosophy, there is a broad literature encompassing philosophical issues related to tactile perception. Of course, philosophy is only one of many related content areas, that also in

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • References x
  • References xi
  • Chapter 1 Introduction 1
  • Part I Sensory Phenomena 21
  • References 22
  • Chapter 2 Sensory and Physiological Bases of Touch 23
  • References 55
  • Chapter 3 Thermal Sensibility 61
  • References 87
  • Chapter 14 Pain Responsiveness 91
  • References 111
  • References 112
  • Part II Development and Intermodal Relations 115
  • References 117
  • Chapter 5 Intermodality Relations: Vision and Touch 119
  • References 135
  • Chapter 6 the Development of Haptic Perception During Infancy 139
  • Part III Tactile Pattern Perception 163
  • References 166
  • Chapter 7 Haptic Perception of Form: Activity and Stimulus Attributes 169
  • Chapter 8 Vibrotactile Pattern Perception: Some Findings and Applications 189
  • References 213
  • Chapter 9 Braille 219
  • References 235
  • References 238
  • Chapter 10 Haptic Perception in Blind People 239
  • Chapter 11 Tactile Pictures 263
  • References 296
  • Chapter 12 a Reversed Lag in the Recognition and Production of Tactual Drawings: Theoretical Implications for Haptic Coding 301
  • References 323
  • Chapter 13 Conclusions: the Future of Touch 327
  • References 336
  • Author Index 339
  • Subject Index 349
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