David Prytherch

Senior Research Fellow in Haptics and Computer Interface Design


David Prytherch is Senior Research Fellow in Haptics and Computer Interface Design. Originally trained as a teacher of Art and Design, he has 30 years' professional experience as a freelance glass engraver/sculptor and is a Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers.

Following a disabling road accident in 1986, and a dawning realisation that physical activity was always to be problematic, he began a PhD examining the role of haptic perception in skilled creative making, the intrinsic haptic reward that tactual engagement contributes to motivation and skill development, contextualised in theoretical design principles for interfaces to multisensory systems. He completed his PhD in 2003.

David describes himself as a Research Artist and applies pragmatic principles of art and design thinking and synthesis practised over many years to his research and specialises in multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to the generation of interesting and fundamental research questions.

David is an Honorary Researcher for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust - Research and Innovation Neurodegenerative Diseases Stream and Principal Investigator. He supervises a small research team investigating certain non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia based on perceptual theories of 'Intrinsic Haptic Reward' and neuro-cognitive calming, a meditative approach to tactual activity.

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