For the first time, David Katz's classic monograph The World of Touch has been translated into English. Regarded as one of the premiere experimental psychologists, Katz vigorously opposed the atomism and "tachistoscopic" mentality typical of the sensory psychology of his day. In The World of Touch, Katz sought to dispel the invidious distinction between the supposedly higher (e.g., vision, audition) and lower (e.g., touch) senses. To help touch regain its original prominence in the field, Katz demonstrated, through very simple, yet creative experiments, how fascinating the abilities of touch are, and how valuable the tactual stimulus can be in specifying objects, surfaces, substances, and events. In addition, Katz emphasized the importance of higher-order invariants in the perception of objects, and the holistic quality of perception in time as well as space.
Contents: Translator's Preface. Editor's Introduction. Author's Preface. Part I: Modes of Appearance of the World of Touch. Introduction. Critical and Methodological Preamble. Types of Tactual Phenomena. Movement as a Formative Factor in Tactual Phenomena. Part II: Quantitative Studies of the Tactual Performance. Studies on Surface Touch. Studies on Touch Transparency. Analysis of Touch Movements. The Role of the Temperature Sensation in Touch. Part III: Further Analysis of the Tactual Performance. The Role of the Vibration Sense in Touch. The Contribution of Visual and Kinesthetic Processes to the Structure of Tactual Forms. Part IV: Applications.
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