Touch

[New Entry by Matthew Fulkerson on November 25, 2015.] The sense of touch is one of the central forms of perceptual experience. Thought to be the first sense to develop, touch occurs across the
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[New Entry by Matthew Fulkerson on November 25, 2015.] The sense of touch is one of the central forms of perceptual experience. Thought to be the first sense to develop, touch occurs across the whole body using a variety of receptors in the skin. It often combines these signals with rich information made available by stretch receptors in the muscles and tendons as we actively move and explore the world. Because of these unique features, touch raises many interesting philosophical issues. Its complex yet fundamental nature makes it a central topic of discussion in debates about the multisensory nature of perception, the relation between perception and...

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