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The aim of this fMRI investigation was to identify those areas of the brain associated with approaching a story generation task creatively and to investigate the effects upon these correlates of incorporating a set of words that were unrelated to each other-a strategy considered to encourage semantic divergence. Preliminary experiments were undertaken to(More)
—While the animation and rendering techniques used in the domain of textile simulation have dramatically evolved during the last two decades, the ability to manipulate and modify virtual textiles intuitively using dedicated ergonomic devices has been definitely neglected. The project HAPTEX combines research in the field of textile simulation and haptic(More)
While moving our fingertip over a fine surface we experience a sensation that gives us an idea of its properties. A satisfactory simulation of this feeling is still an unsolved problem. In this paper, we describe a rendering strategy based on vibrations that play an important role in the tactile exploration of fine surfaces. To produce appropriate(More)
A stimulator array is described which can deliver a wide range of displacement waveforms from each contactor, allowing vibratory stimuli to be targeted towards different populations of mechanoreceptors in the skin. The array has a working bandwidth of 20-400 Hz and 100 moving contactors covering an area of 1 cm2 on the fingertip. The array was validated(More)
Many complex tasks require us to flexibly switch between behavioral rules, associations, and strategies. The prefrontal cerebral cortex is thought to be critical to the performance of such behaviors, although the relative contribution of different components of this structure and associated subcortical regions are not fully understood. We used functional(More)
This paper details a pilot study done to assess the effectiveness of a tactile rendering strategy. The rendering strategy addresses the tactile receptors in the skin via stimuli consisting of superimposed sine waves. To assess the validity of this strategy, subjects were presented with sets of four virtual textiles and asked to rate them in terms of(More)
Using a 100-element tactile stimulator on the fingertip during functional-magnetic-resonance imaging, brain areas were identified that were selectively activated by a moving vibrotactile stimulus (the sensation of a moving line being dragged over the fingertip). Activation patterns elicited by tactile motion, contrasted to an equivalent stationary stimulus,(More)
This study investigates the discrimination of small changes of interval size in short sequences of musical tones. Major, minor and neutral thirds were varied in increments of 15 cents. The nine subjects had varying degrees of amateur musical experience-their level of musical training was lower than that of professional musicians. In some experiments the(More)