Feelings of animacy and pleasantness from tactile stimulation: Effect of stimulus frequency and stimulated body part

Kohske Takahashi, Hideo Mitsuhashi, Kazuhito Murata, Shin Norieda, Katsumi Watanabe

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Abstract

We investigated how tactile stimuli induced feelings of animacy and pleasantness in human observers. First, we developed a new tactile display that enabled limp yet powerful tactile stimulations with a wide range of frequencies. Second, we examined the induced sensation by tactile stimulation as a function of stimulus frequency and body part. We found that the feeling of animacy was dependent upon stimulus frequency. The 12 Hz stimulation induced the strongest feeling of animacy. The frequency dependence was qualitatively similar but quantitatively different between finger and wrist stimulation. In addition, the modest feeling of animacy was associated with the strong feeling of pleasantness in finger stimulation. These results suggest that tactile stimulation can induce feelings of animacy in a frequency-dependent manner and that the frequency dependence and induced emotion of tactile stimulation may differ among different body parts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011 - Conference Digest
Pages3292-3297
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 23
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011 - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: 2011 Oct 92011 Oct 12

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
ISSN (Print)1062-922X

Other

Other2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK
Period11/10/911/10/12

Keywords

  • Tactile
  • animacy
  • experimental psychology
  • human factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Takahashi, K., Mitsuhashi, H., Murata, K., Norieda, S., & Watanabe, K. (2011). Feelings of animacy and pleasantness from tactile stimulation: Effect of stimulus frequency and stimulated body part. In 2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011 - Conference Digest (pp. 3292-3297). [6084177] (Conference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSMC.2011.6084177