Observing Touch from Video: The Influence of Social Cues on Pleasantness Perceptions

Christian Jacob Arendt Maria Willemse, Gijs Huisman, Merel Madeleine Jung, Johannes Bernardus Fransiscus van Erp, Dirk K.J. Heylen

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    In order to advance the understanding of affective touch perceptions, and in particular to inform the design of physical human-robot interactions, an online video study was conducted in which observed stroking touches were assessed on perceived pleasantness. Touches were applied at different velocities and either with a human hand, a robot hand, a mannequin hand, or a plastic tube. In line with earlier research, it was found that stroking touches with a velocity of ca. 3 cm/s were rated as most pleasant. Moreover, the subjective pleasantness scores suggest that the stimulus type interacts with the stroking velocity. The possible roles that social agency, expectations, and anthropomorphism may play in perceptions of pleasantness are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHaptics: Perception, Devices, Control, and Applications
    Subtitle of host publication10th International Conference, EuroHaptics 2016, London, UK, July 4-7, 2016, Proceedings, Part II
    EditorsFernando Bello, Hiroyuki Kajimoto, Yon Visell
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-42324-1
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-42323-4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
    Event10th EuroHaptics Meeting 2016 - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 4 Jul 20167 Jul 2016
    Conference number: 10

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Other10th EuroHaptics Meeting 2016
    Abbreviated titleEuroHaptics
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Video study
    • Top-down perception
    • CT-Afferent fibers
    • Affective touch
    • Human Robot Interaction


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