Audio-tactile stimulation: a tool to improve health and well-being?

Esko O. Dijk, E.O. Dijk (Editor), Antinus Nijholt (Editor), Johannes Bernardus Fransiscus van Erp, Gerard van Wolferen, Ewoud Kuyper

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    Stimulation of the tactile sense or the hearing sense can be used to improve a person’s health and well-being. For example, to make someone relax, feel better, or sleep better. In this position paper we present the concept of auditory-tactile stimulation for health and well-being. Through carefully selected audio-tactile stimuli a person's bodily, mental and emotional state may be influenced. The state of the art is described and its limitations are indicated. Then, a vision is presented on how auditory-tactile stimulation could be beneficial in several application domains. Three specific research areas are identified: identifying mechanisms of perception of auditory-tactile stimuli; methods for automatic conversions between audio and tactile domains; and automated analysis of human bio-signals and behaviour for adapting the stimulation optimally to the user.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)305-323
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational journal of autonomous and adaptive communications systems
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013


    • Tactile stimuli
    • Acoustic stimuli
    • EWI-19513
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • Audio stimulation
    • Multimodal stimuli
    • Haptic perception
    • Haptics
    • Health
    • Healthcare applications
    • Cross modal conversions
    • Cross modal perception
    • Relaxation methods
    • Well being
    • METIS-299955
    • IR-87808
    • BioSignals
    • Therapies

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