Introduction

Touch is often depicted as the sense that cannot be deceived, or fooled, and hence that it is the only sense that can truly make our world real. The skin protects our body from the external world and, at the same time, it informs us about what occurs on its surface. That is, the sense of touch provi...

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Published in: In Touch with the Future
Main Authors: Spence, Charles, Gallace, Alberto
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Oxford Oxford University Press 01-30-2014
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Summary: Touch is often depicted as the sense that cannot be deceived, or fooled, and hence that it is the only sense that can truly make our world real. The skin protects our body from the external world and, at the same time, it informs us about what occurs on its surface. That is, the sense of touch provides both a protective function and a powerful means of communication with the external world. Touch also affects many of our daily activities, everything from walking to feeding, and touch plays a major role in our social life. If one aims at reproducing tactile sensations in a virtual reality environment or at exploiting them for the purposes of marketing, the complex multisensory neurocognitive mechanisms that underpin tactile perception need to be understood more deeply.
ISBN: 9780199644469
0199644462
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644469.003.0001