Constraints on Haptic Short-Term Memory

  • Catherine Monnier
  • Delphine Picard
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6192)


This study examines to what extent limitations in short-term memory capacity in the haptic modality depends on (1) the narrowness of the effective field of view combined with a sequential processing of information, and/or (2) the format in which spatial configurations are represented internally. A total of 64 participants carried out memory span tasks in four different conditions: haptic, visual, visual with a limited field of view, and haptic with visual cues. Results provide support for both hypotheses. Differences in haptic and visual short-term memory disappeared when the visual processing of information occurred within a limited field and when the haptic processing of information was aided by visual cues.


Haptic short-term memory Visual short-term memory Spatial configurations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Monnier
    • 1
  • Delphine Picard
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Psychologie, Route de MendeUniversité Montpellier 3Montpellier Cedex 5France
  2. 2.EA4156 Octogone-ECCD & Institut Universitaire de FranceUniversité Toulouse IIFrance

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