Emotional Response to Textures (05-28-19)

Iosifyan and Korolkova evaluated emotional responses to textures felt and their findings are published in Consciousness and Cognition.  The researchers found that when study participants were blindfolded and touching various surfaces that “Touching . . . may incur certain emotions. . . . 21 textures were used in the experiment, namely: brick, granite, glass, glass seashells (texturized), plasticine, leather, rabbit fur, metallic kitchen sponge, rubber, velvet, natural silk, polished wood, a spiky acupressure mat, unpolished wooden block, tile, glass pebbles (smooth), sandpaper, polished marble, concrete, toy slime and clay. . . . The results of the research demonstrated that soft surfaces are generally associated with pleasant emotions, while rough surfaces – with unpleasant feelings. However, this is not always true. For instance, plasticine is soft, but is associated with disgust. And while glass pebbles might be hard, they are actually associated with happiness. Each of the textures offered to the respondents was usually associated with several emotions. For example, the kitchen sponge was associated fear, disgust, and anger. . . . the sound that appears when a person touches the surface may also impact the emotional associations.”

“Emotions from Touch:  What Textures Bring Happiness, and What Cause Anger.”  2019.  Press release, National Research University Higher School of Economics, https://iq.hse.ru/en/news/278628943.html