Emotion elicitation through vibrotactile stimulation as an alternative for deaf and hard of hearing people: An EEG study Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2022

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 11


  • 14, 2196


  • 11

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2079-9292


  • Despite technological and accessibility advances, the performing arts and their cultural offerings remain inaccessible to many people. By using vibrotactile stimulation as an alternative channel, we explored a different way to enhance emotional processes produced while watching audiovisual media and, thus, elicit a greater emotional reaction in hearing-impaired people. We recorded the brain activity of 35 participants with normal hearing and 8 participants with severe and total hearing loss. The results showed activation in the same areas both in participants with normal hearing while watching a video, and in hearing-impaired participants while watching the same video with synchronized soft vibrotactile stimulation in both hands, based on a proprietary stimulation glove. These brain areas (bilateral middle frontal orbitofrontal, bilateral superior frontal gyrus, and left cingulum) have been reported as emotional and attentional areas. We conclude that vibrotactile stimulation can elicit the appropriate cortex activation while watching audiovisual media.


  • Computer Science
  • Electronics
  • Psychology


  • accessibility; audiovisual; electroencephalography; hearing impairment; music emotion elicitation; vibrotactile