A brief taxonomy of tactile illusions and demonstrations that can be done in a hardware store

Brain Res Bull. 2008 Apr 15;75(6):742-52. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2008.01.008. Epub 2008 Feb 7.


This paper surveys more than twenty types of tactile illusions and discusses several of their aspects. These aspects include the ease with which they can be demonstrated and whether they have clear visual analogs. The paper also shows how to construct equipment made of simple supplies able to deliver well-controlled tactile signals in order to conveniently demonstrate four different tactile illusions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Illusions / physiology*
  • Judgment / physiology
  • Mechanoreceptors / physiology*
  • Physical Stimulation / instrumentation
  • Physical Stimulation / methods
  • Proprioception / physiology
  • Psychophysics / methods
  • Skin / innervation*
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Touch / physiology*
  • Visual Perception / physiology*