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Mobile Technology - Tactile Response

Mobile devices provide a context in which haptic interfaces are playing an increasingly important role. The emotional and social significance of touch for humans is deeply rooted in early human physiological and psychological development all the way through adulthood. Touchscreen and sensor-based inputs, such as swipes, taps, pinches, screen rotation, and vibrations seem to increase motivation, engagement, and the authenticity of a simulated environment on mobile devices. However, there is little research on exactly why mobile touch screen interfaces are so engaging and motivating in both collaborative and individual learning environments. According to the 2013 research on mobile learning from ADL Initiative , touchscreen interaction was also selected as the top area of mLearning design that educators and training professionals were most interested in better understanding. What role does touch interaction play in tactile cognition and learning on mobile devices? Tactile learning is the process of acquiring new information through tactile exploration and response. Research studies on tactile response processing in humans have revealed that people can actually be trained to absorb a large amount of information by simply using their sense of touch.

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