Frequency-Specific Masking Effect by Vibrotactile Stimulation to the Forearm

  • Yoshihiro Tanaka
  • Shota Matsuoka
  • Wouter M. Bergmann Tiest
  • Astrid M. L. Kappers
  • Kouta Minamizawa
  • Akihito Sano
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9775)


This paper demonstrates frequency-specific masking of tactile sensations on the index finger by remote vibrotactile stimulation. A vibration of \(50\,\mathrm {Hz}\) was presented to the index finger. In three experimental conditions, the detection threshold for this vibration was determined with a masking vibration presented to the forearm of \(50\,\mathrm {Hz}\) (the same frequency), of \(200\,\mathrm {Hz}\) (a different frequency), or no masking vibration. The detection threshold for the \(50\,\mathrm {Hz}\) stimulus on the fingertip increased significantly when a masking vibration of the same frequency was used, but not with a different frequency. This frequency-specific effect has applications in the modulation of tactile textures, for example in augmented reality.


Masking effect Vibrotactile stimulation Forearm Frequency-specific 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshihiro Tanaka
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shota Matsuoka
    • 1
  • Wouter M. Bergmann Tiest
    • 3
  • Astrid M. L. Kappers
    • 3
  • Kouta Minamizawa
    • 4
  • Akihito Sano
    • 1
  1. 1.Nagoya Institute of TechnologyNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.JST, PRESTOKawaguchiJapan
  3. 3.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Keio UniversityTokyoJapan

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