People on the autism spectrum seem to have tactile experiences that are different from those of individuals not on the autism spectrum. This has implications for the design of spaces that are likely to be used by these individuals. A study published in Neurology reports that “‘More than 70% of people with autism have differences in their sensory perception,’ said study author Sung-Tsang Hsieh. . . . 53% of the people with autism had reduced nerve fiber density. . . .
What we feel on our skin influences what goes on inside our heads. Neuroscientists have learned how tactile experiences can be managed to encourage particular design-related outcomes.
Via aseries of studies, Wijaya and colleagues explored aspects of our sense of touch.
The textures that we feel with our fingertips, feet, or other parts of our bodies influence what goes on in our heads and actions that we take. Key cognitive science-based research findings related to our tactile experiences are reported here.
Iosifyan and Korolkova evaluated emotional responses to textures felt and their findings are published in Consciousness and Cognition.
Imschloss and Kuehnl’s findings, consistent with previous research, indicate how important consistency in sensory experiences can be.
Hutmacher and Kuhbander studied the psychological implications of having touched something.
Our skin is our largest sense organ and researchers have determined that our tactile experiences have a big influence on our mental and physical wellbeing. Applying science-based insights on tactile experiences makes desired design-related outcomes more likely.
Research indicates that our skin is incredibly sensitive.
Streicher and Estes gathered evidence indicating that haptic, or touch-related, experiences have a significant effect on consumer behavior.