Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 299–302

Identifying objects by touch: An “expert system”

  • Roberta L. Klatzky
  • Susan J. Lederman
  • Victoria A. Metzger
Article

DOI: 10.3758/BF03211351

Cite this article as:
Klatzky, R.L., Lederman, S.J. & Metzger, V.A. Perception & Psychophysics (1985) 37: 299. doi:10.3758/BF03211351

Abstract

How good are we at recognizing objects by touch? Intuition may suggest that the haptic system is a poor recognition device, and previous research with nonsense shapes and tangible-graphics displays supports this opinion. We argue that the recognition capabilities of touch are best assessed with three-dimensional, familiar objects. The present study provides a baseline measure of recognition under those circumstances, and it indicates that haptic object recognition can be both rapid and accurate.

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberta L. Klatzky
    • 1
  • Susan J. Lederman
    • 2
  • Victoria A. Metzger
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology-UCSBUniversity of CaliforniaSanta Barbara
  2. 2.Queens UniversityOntario