Tag Archives: Touch

“Vision might be special” – Ophelia Deroy (London)

What is the most interesting paper you came across recently? Why? I have been very interested by Fryer et al. (2014)’s recent study on speech symbolism where they used a tactile version of the famous ‘maluma-takete’ experiment proposed by Kohler in the late 1920’s. Kohler, and many researchers after him, established that certain speech sounds bias us toward certain visual […]

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Fryer et al. “Touching words is not enough”

Abstract. Since Köhler’s experiments in the 1920s, researchers have demonstrated a correspondence between words and shapes. Dubbed the “Bouba–Kiki” effect, these auditory–visual associations extend across cultures and are thought to be universal. More recently the effect has been shown in other modalities including taste, suggesting the effect is independent of vision. The study presented here tested the “Bouba–Kiki” effect in […]

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“I got interested in perception by accident!” – Yasmina Jraissati

What is the most interesting paper you came across recently? Why? I was stimulated by Levinson and Majid’s “Differential ineffability and the senses”. They ask whether smell and other sensory modalities like vision are differentially ineffable for structural or language/cultural relative reasons. It also offers interesting ideas as to how to account for cross-modal associations using dimensions of perceptual space. […]

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