sense of touch

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The term sense of touch describes the ability of living beings to perceive touch, also known as tactile stimuli . The basis of the sense of touch is the mechanical component of surface sensitivity . Perception via the sense of touch (Latin tactus ) is called tactile , active feeling is also called haptic . The smallest distance from which stimuli can be perceived separately is the simultaneous space threshold .

Ernst Heinrich Weber carried out the first modern scientific investigations into the sense of touch in the middle of the 19th century . From 1894 Maximilian von Frey carried out more intensive physiological research . Today, Martin Grunwald ( Leipzig ) is considered a haptics expert.


  • Martin Grunwald: Homo Haptocicus. Why we cannot live without a sense of touch. Droemer, Munich 2017.
  • Holger Münzel: Max von Frey. Life and work with special consideration of his sensory-physiological research. Würzburg 1992 (= Würzburg medical historical research. Volume 53), pp. 30–47 ( The sense of touch ).

Web links

Wiktionary: sense of touch  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Haptics research laboratory: website .
  2. 2018 Science Book of the Year in the Medicine / Biology category for Homo Hapticus - Why we cannot live without a sense of touch.