Pleasant Textures (12-02-19)

Via aseries of studies, Wijaya and colleagues explored aspects of our sense of touch.  They determined that materials experienced as smooth, slippery, and soft were perceived as pleasant when rubbed on a human forearm.

Maria Wijaya, Darwin Lau, Sophie Horrocks, Francis McGlone, Helena Ling, and Annett Schirmer.  “The Human ‘Feel’ of Touch Contributes to Its Perceived Pleasantness.”  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception and Performance, in press, doi: 10.1037/xhp0000705