Haptic object identification

  • Soledad Ballesteros
  • Morton A. Heller


The study of touch has interested psychologists and neuroscientists for a long time but interestingly, the world of touch is flourishing nowadays. Important developments are taking place in psychology of touch, neurosciences, virtual reality and robotics. Today, haptics is more than ever a multidisciplinary field as well as a world research effort. In 2005, after a number of interesting and successful conferences organised independently in the United States and Europe, the First World Haptics Conference took place in Pisa (Italy). The Second world Haptics Conference was celebrated in Tsukuba (Japan) in 2007. The papers presented at World Haptics cover three main areas; the Science of Haptic Perception, the Technology of Haptic Interfaces, and the Applications of Haptic Interfaces and Teleoperation Systems. The great success of these international worldwide scientific meetings made us feel that the world of touch is more vibrant than ever.


Mental Rotation Blind Subject Haptic Perception Sighted Subject Active Touch 
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Further readings

  1. Jones LA, Lederman SJ (2006) Human hand function. Oxford University Press This comprehensive and well-written book is devoted to the functions of the hand as a perceptual system. All the, chapters are very interesting, especially Chapter 5 on active haptic sensing.Google Scholar
  2. Heller MA, Ballesteros S (2006) Touch and Blindness: Psychology and Neuroscience. Lawrence Erlbaum AssociatesGoogle Scholar

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Soledad Ballesteros
    • 1
  • Morton A. Heller
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Basic Psychology IIUniversidad Nacional de Educación a DistanciaMadridSpain
  2. 2.Eastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonUSA

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