Tactile action perception

The Tactile action and perception (TAP) group research the way in which we perceive and use tactile and haptic information, the design and engineering for a range of applications including both functional (haptic interfaces) and aesthetic (anxiety reduction and augmented experiences).

Recent research highlights include:

  • Identification of the just noticeable difference for sharpness
  • Establishing the efficacy of using of mouse movement trajectories for studying low-level cognitive processes
  • The discrepancies between experts and novice, and experts and experts, in both eye movements and drawing for tumour detection and localisation
  • The importance of active haptic exploration for sharpness perception
  • Anxiety impacts the decision-making process (as revealed by mouse trajectories), but not the outcome of basic categorisation judgements
  • Biomimetic sensory can learn to discriminate faster using exemplar-based discrimination than classification based learning

Recent funding:

  • Tactile-Textiles: The Calming Cushion. Brigstow funded project to investigate the development of a prototype device to reduce anxiety in students
  • Modality-specificity in memory representation of temporal duration. Experimental Psychology Society funded project to investigate auditory, visual, and tactile representations of duration

People in the tactile action and perception (TAP) group

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