How do we recognize biological materials by touch?

Takaaki Miyashita, Takashi Maeno, Yoshimune Nonomura

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Biological materials are often used as industrial sources; however, the features of their tactile texture have not been examined. Here, we show that the features of biological materials are warm, silky, and non-slippery sensations, which are governed by thermal conductivity, surface energy, and surface roughness. Interestingly, surface roughness is the most important factor in determining these three tactile sensations. This finding is valuable for developing virtual reality systems and humanoids as well as for understanding the cognitive mechanism of biological materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-179
Number of pages4
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct


  • Fur
  • Human skin
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Tactile impression
  • Wood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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