Social Touch Technology: A Survey of Haptic Technology for Social Touch

Gijs Huisman

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    This survey provides an overview of work on haptic technology for social touch. Social touch has been studied extensively in psychology and neuroscience. With the development of new technologies, it is now possible to engage in social touch at a distance or engage in social touch with artificial social agents. Social touch research has inspired research into technology mediated social touch, and this line of research has found effects similar to actual social touch. The importance of haptic stimulus qualities, multimodal cues, and contextual factors in technology mediated social touch is discussed. This survey is concluded by reflecting on the current state of research into social touch technology, and providing suggestions for future research and applications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)391-408
    JournalIEEE transactions on haptics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Haptics and haptic interfaces
    • social touch
    • affective touch
    • medaited social touch
    • simulated social touch

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