Accession Number : AD0680816

Title :   CUTANEOUS CHANNEL CAPACITY.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : ILLINOIS UNIV URBANA BIOLOGICAL COMPUTER LAB

Personal Author(s) : Kokjer,Ken

Report Date : 30 SEP 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : This report discusses experiments to measure the upper limit of cutaneous channel capacity using a simple binary signal. The limit channel capacity appears to be in the neighborhood of 50 bits/sec. This compared with 8,000 to 10,000 bits/sec for the human ear and 5 million bits/sec for the human eye. The limit for the cutaneous channel (obtained for stimulation of one site on one finger) suggests, assuming linear addition and the use of ten fingers simultaneously, an information processing rate of 0.5 bit/sec that is achievable for the human system with cutaneous input. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SKIN(ANATOMY), PERCEPTION), (*AUDITORY PERCEPTION, SUBSTITUTES), HANDS, SENSITIVITY, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, EAR, VISUAL PERCEPTION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), TIME, VELOCITY, INSTRUMENTATION, STIMULATION(PHYSIOLOGY), REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, GATES(CIRCUITS)

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE