A Model for Haptic Aesthetic Processing and Its Implications for Design

Professorship/Faculty: Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodenlehre 
Author(s): Carbon, Claus-Christian  ; Jakesch, Martina
Title of the Journal: Proceedings of the IEEE
ISSN: 0018-9219
Corporate Body: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Publisher Information: New York, NY [u.a.]
Year of publication: 2013
Volume: 101
Issue: 9
Pages / Size: 2123 - 2133
Language(s): English
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.j...
Document Type: Article
Research in aesthetics typically focuses on static
stimuli or stimulus properties from the visual domain leaving
unanswered a great many questions on haptic aesthetics. This
paper aims to give a short impression of the relevance of aesthetics
for design and everyday-life decisions, then focuses on
phenomena concerning haptic aesthetics in particular, for instance,
top–down processes and mere exposure effects. Based
on empirical findings and theoretical considerations with regard
to haptic research, the paper develops a functional model
of haptic aesthetics, which is explained step by step. This model
assumes a continuous increase of elaborative processing
through three subsequent processing stages beginning with
low-level perceptual analyses that encompass an initial, unspecific
exploration of the haptic material. After a subsequent,
more elaborate, and specific perceptual assessment of global
haptic aspects, the described process enters into deeper cognitive
and emotional evaluations involving individual knowledge
on the now specified haptic material. The paper closes
with an applied view on design issues to explicate the importance
of integrating haptic aesthetics into corresponding
Keywords: aesthetics, appreciation, art, cognition, cross modal, haptics, liking, perception, pleasure, preferences
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/2300
Release Date: 30. October 2013