Exploring Sensory Preference in Prosthetics, Glasgow and London


Price: Free, booking required


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Caitlin McMullan, a designer, researcher and below knee amputee, and Sarah Wilkes, a materials researcher at the Institute of Making are looking for amputees to take part in their sensory preference study for prosthetic limbs.

They would like to hear about your experiences of materials in your prosthetic and will be running a series of one-on-one materials handling sessions at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow on the 29th and 30th Nov and Institute of Making, London on the 26th and 27th Jan.

Each session will last two hours and involves exploring objects from the Institute of Making Materials Library and talking about how the sensory and aesthetic properties of materials offered for prosthetic limbs affect your experience of them. We will also discuss whether particular materials or textures stimulate phantom limb sensations.

Your input is crucial for directing this study, which aims to better understand people’s sensory and material preferences in prosthetic limbs. The results of this study will be fed back to clinicians, prosthetists and manufacturers, with the potential to inform the design of prosthetic limbs.

Travel expenses and your time will be reimbursed.

Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow 29 & 30 Nov

Institute of Making, London on the 26 & 27 Jan

Wheelchair access


Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
Institute of Making, Malet Place, University College London, WC1E 7JE