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Feather and Toothbrush

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, The Royal College of Art, The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, London, UK,

2011 - present


Feather and Toothbrush is an exploratory research project that connects science and design in order to research the role of tactile sensory processing for people with neurological conditions.


Central to the rehabilitation of patients with complex brain injury is the assessment of and ability to measure significant developments in sensory processing. It is crucial in testing threshold states of consciousness to be able to distinguish reflexive movements from purposeful actions.


The tactile qualities of materials have a critical function in the diagnosis of sensory processing impairments, yet tactile stimuli are seldom used in assessment and rehabilitation programmes. This project aims to improve the understanding and use of tactile qualities and values in such programmes.