Shape from touch

A.M.L. Kappers, W.M. Bergmann Tiest

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The shape of objects cannot only be recognized by vision, but also by touch. Vision has the advantage that shapes can be seen at a distance, but touch has the advantage that during exploration many additional object properties become available, such as temperature (Jones, Scholarpedia 4(5): 7955. 2009), texture (Bensmaia, Scholarpedia 4(8): 7956, 2009), and weight (Jones, Psychological Bulletin 100(1): 29–42, 1986). Moreover, also the invisible backside of the objects can provide shape information (Newell, Ernst, Tjan, and Bülthoff, Psychological Science 12(1): 37–42, 2001).
Original languageDutch
Title of host publicationScholarpedia of Touch
EditorsTony Prescott, Ehud Ahissar, Eugene Izhikevich
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherAtlantis Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789462391321
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameScholarpedia book series

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