Posted on August 08 2016
Definition:Everything we touch has a tactile quality. Is it soft, smooth, furry? These are just a few examples of the textures that translate into tactile experiences.
Dictionaries define the word tactile as:
- Relating to the sense of touch
- That which is touched to be perceived
- Designed to be experienced by touching
Powerful feeling in our fingertips:We decided to research just how many nerve endings are in our fingertips. What we learned is that our fingertips are the densest area of receptors in the whole body, containing 2500 feeling receptors per centimeter squared. As a centimeter is .393 inches, that’s a powerful amount of feeling in just the tip of one finger!
Being human is tactile reality:Our human existence is a tactile reality, all of our senses inform, as tactile experiences are not limited to that which we touch with our hands. Our many layers of skin contain receptors that inform us about vibration, pressure, and texture, receptors that inform us about temperature, and receptors that inform us about pain. They are all inter-related and this is but a tiny fraction of information, as our brains process the information upon being touched by our senses.
Consider these examples:
- Cool wind blows - hair on our arms stands up – goose bumps – a tactile experience.
- We view a painting with thick brush-strokes - it has tactile quality.
- We walk through tall grass - experience a tickling texture of the blades on our skin.