Identifying objects by touch: An “expert system”
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- Klatzky, R.L., Lederman, S.J. & Metzger, V.A. Perception & Psychophysics (1985) 37: 299. doi:10.3758/BF03211351
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.