About this Research Topic
Haptics and Neuroscience have become integrated fields, allowing for an in-depth understanding of human sensorimotor capacity and functionality. There has been an accelerated surge in Neuroscience focusing on various modalities of haptics (including tactile and kinaesthetic) thanks to the advanced technologies applying various forms of haptic feedback, such as tactile internet and wearable haptics combined with virtual and augmented reality modules.
A challenge in conventional studies is the reliance on subjective self-report assessments, limiting the generalizability of the conclusions and increasing the uncertainty, variability, and susceptibility of the assessments to cognitive, memory, and communication barriers and increasing the sensitivity to the timing of answer collection.
Therefore, taking advantage of the novel objective assessment of neural circuitry, more recent efforts are focused on processing central neural responses to shed light on the neurophysiology of haptics and to better understand the functionality of the human nervous system related to haptics. In this regard, the real-time measurement of electroencephalography and functional MRI has attracted a great deal of interest in recent studies to probe human neural functions during haptics exploration and experiments. This will also allow for a better understanding of haptics and subtle underlying mechanisms that could not be detected using subjective methods.
This Research Topic aims at collecting the most recent novel efforts related to objective measurements of neural responses for haptics. The goal is to inform and further accelerate NeuroHaptics research in both the haptics and Neuroscience communities. In other words, this Research Topic is to promote activities in the haptics domain, focusing on an objective and in-depth neuroscientific understanding of various modalities of “touch”. At the same time, this Research Topic is to promote activities in Neuroscience, focusing on the fusion of multisensory domains with a specific focus on haptics.
Areas to be covered include, but are not limited to:
• Haptics in AR/VR and Neuro-representation
• Tactile Communications and Neuroscience
• Tactile perception and Neuroscience
• Brain-computer interface and Haptics
• Neurorobotics and Haptics
• Neurorehabilitation and Haptics
Keywords: Haptics in AR/VR, Tactile Perception, Tactile Communication, Brain-Computer Interface, Motor Rehabilitation
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