Can you see what you feel? Color and folding properties affect visual–tactile material discrimination of fabrics

This article explores the relations between how objects look (the shapes, colours, and textures) and how they feel to touch (the tactile property). The authors suggest that people are good at predicting objects’ tactile properties from simply looking at photos of the objects – yet different photos of the same object can influence the tactile ‘prediction’. — Gil Dekel By Bei Xiao; Wenyan Bi; Xiaodan Jia; Hanhan Wei; Edward H. Adelson. Abstract Humans can often estimate tactile properties of objects from vision alone. For example, during online shopping, we can often infer material properties of clothing from images and...

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