Effect of Focus Direction and Agency on Tactile Perceptibility

TitleEffect of Focus Direction and Agency on Tactile Perceptibility
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2022
AuthorsZook, ZA, O'Malley, MK
Secondary AuthorsSeifi, H, Kappers, AML, Schneider, O, Drewing, K, Pacchierotti, C, Abbasimoshaei, A, Huisman, G, Kern, TA
Conference NameHaptics: Science, Technology, Applications
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Conference LocationCham
ISBN Number978-3-031-06249-0

Prior research has shown that the direction of a user's focus affects the perception of tactile cues. Additionally, user agency over touch stimulation has been shown to affect tactile perception. With the development of more complicated haptic and multi-sensory devices, simple tactile cues are rarely used in isolation and the effect of focus direction and of user agency on the perception of a sequence of tactile cues is unknown. In this study, we investigate the effect of both of these variables, focus direction and agency, on the perception of a cue sequence. We found that the direction of user focus and user sense of agency over tactile stimulation both had a significant effect on the accurate perception of a cue sequence. These results are presented in consideration for developing better haptic devices that account for users' focus on and control over these devices.


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