Human Haptic Perception: Basics and Applications

  • Martin Grunwald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Epistemological and historical aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martin Grunwald, Matthias John
      Pages 15-39
    3. Yvette Hatwell, Edouard Gentaz
      Pages 55-66
    4. Rand B. Evans
      Pages 67-82
  3. Neurophysiological and physiological aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Zdenek Halata, Klaus I. Baumann
      Pages 85-92
    3. Antony W. Goodwin, Heather E. Wheat
      Pages 93-102
    4. Steven Hsiao, Jeffrey Yau
      Pages 103-112
    5. Amanda L. Kaas, M. Cornelia Stoeckel, Rainer Goebel
      Pages 113-129
    6. Christoph Braun
      Pages 131-145
  4. Psychological aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Peter A. Andersen
      Pages 149-154
    3. Peter A. Andersen, Laura K. Guerrero
      Pages 155-163
    4. Hubert R. Dinse, Claudia Wilimzig, Tobias Kalisch
      Pages 165-182
    5. Matthias M. Müller, Claire-Marie Giabbiconi
      Pages 199-206
    6. Soledad Ballesteros, Morton A. Heller
      Pages 207-222

About this book


Active touch perception – also known as haptic perception – is of primary importance for the planning, direction and execution of everyday actions. This most complex of human sensory systems is gaining ever more importance for various scientific disciplines as well as practical industrial applications.

In this book an international team of 80 authors presents a comprehensive collection of writings on both aspects of research on human haptic perception.

After a theoretical and historical introduction, the chapters are dedicated to neurophysiological basics as well as the psychological, clinical and neuropsychological aspects of haptic perception. Results of studies into human haptic perception in the fields of virtual haptics and robotics are also included. In the final section, contributions from the applied and industrial sectors illustrate the practical uses of knowledge about the human sense of touch.

This easily accessible textbook gives not only students, scientists and those with prior knowledge, but also interested laypersons insights into a fascinating area of study that is constantly discovering new challenges and presenting innovative solutions.


Cortex Haptic design Haptic perception Neurophysiology Neuroscience Psychology Rehabilitation Self perception Sense of touch Virtual haptic anatomy behavior clinical application perception robotic

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Grunwald
    • 1
  1. 1.Paul Flechsig Institute for Brain Research Haptic and EEG-Research LaboratoryUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Basel 2008
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser Basel
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7643-7611-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7643-7612-3
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