Date of Award

8-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

Program

Psychology - General

First Advisor/Chairperson

Mounia Ziat

Second Advisor

Paul Andronis

Third Advisor

Peter Pless

Abstract

This thesis gives three examples of projects that apply knowledge from areas such as human centered design, computer science, and psychology to study sensation and perception. All three of these projects were created to gather information on how humans interact with their surrounding environment and the world. For instance the first area of discovery included the way humans interact within their perceptual and personal space through an interactive table. The second project looks at exploring the neural mechanisms that affect Haptic Hallucinations by creating a device that can give the feeling of bugs crawling on or below the surface of the skin. The final study is an experiment, which looks to study tactile spatial acuity through laser cut stimuli and recording movements of exploration.

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