Exploring Materials and Sensory Preference in Prosthetic Limbs

03 October 2018

Exploring Materials and Sensory Preference in Prosthetic Limbs

Following on from the Hands of X project, we are collaborating with Caitlin McMullan (@c_mcmullan23) to further explore how the sensory and aesthetic properties of materials offered for prosthetic limbs can affect experiences of them. We will also explore whether particular materials or textures stimulate phantom limb sensations. 

The overall aim of the study is to better understand the sensory and material preferences of wearers of prosthetic limbs. This will be fed back to clinicians, prosthetists and manufacturers, with the potential to inform the design of prosthetic limbs and desensitisation therapies. The findings from this study will also feed into the Material Anxieties project, which aims to encourage more user-centred materials selection in the healthcare design industry.

Want to get involved?

Are you aged between 18 and 65 and do you wear a prosthetic limb? We need your help with a pilot workshop at the Institute of Making on Saturday the 20th October, 14:00 - 16:00.

We will be exploring the Materials Library and talking about how the materials offered for prosthetic limbs affect your experience of them.

Travel expenses and your time will be reimbursed. For more information, download the participant information sheet here.

Email s.wilkes@ucl.ac.uk to sign up.