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softness

Four, seven-point semantic differentials are used to measure the degree to which an object has a texture that feels comfortable and gentle against the skin.

The scale has four, seven-point Likert-type items that measure how much a person believes a particular object has a fine texture and feels plush.

Containing four, seven-point Likert-type items, the scale measures the extent to which an object is perceived to feel smooth and supple.

Six, eleven-point unit-polar items are used to measure how soft and pleasing an object is judged to be.  The scale appears to most useful when measuring a sensation associated with the sense of touch.  

How soft a person judges a particular seat to be is measured with three, nine-point items.  Given the phrasing of the items, the object should be something a person can sit on and has arms such as with a sofa, chair, or car seat.