Sensory Blending: On Synaesthesia and related phenomena by Ophelia DeroySensory Blending: On Synaesthesia and related phenomena by Ophelia Deroy

Sensory Blending: On Synaesthesia and related phenomena

EditorOphelia Deroy

Hardcover | May 27, 2017

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Synaesthesia is, in the words of the cognitive neuroscientist Cytowic, a strange sensory blending. Synaesthetes report seeing colours when hearing sounds or proper names, or they experience tastes when reading the names of subway stations. How do these rare cases relate to other more commonexamples where sensory experiences get mixed - cases like mirror-touch, personification, cross-modal mappings, and drug experiences? Are we all more or less synaesthetes, and does this mean that we are all subjects of crossmodal illusions? Could some apparently strange sensory cases give us aninsight into how perception works? Recent research on the causes and prevalence of synaesthesia raises new questions regarding the links between these cases, and the unity of the condition. By bringing together contributions from leading cognitive neuroscientists and philosophers, this volume considers for the first time the broader theoretical lessons arising from such cases of sensory blending, with regard to the nature of perception and consciousness, the boundaries betweenperception, illusion and imagination, and the communicability and sharing of experiences.
Ophelia Deroy is a researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Senses and the co-director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London. She specialises in philosophy of mind and cognitive neurosciences, and has widely published on issues related to multisensory perception, sensory deficits, and synaesthesia, both in phi...
Title:Sensory Blending: On Synaesthesia and related phenomenaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:May 27, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Ophelia Deroy: IntroductionPart 1. Defining and measuring synaesthesia1. Lawrence E. Marks: Synaesthesia, then and now2. Casey O'Callaghan: Synesthesia vs. crossmodal illusions3. Jonathan Cohen: Synesthetic perception as continuous with ordinary perception, or: We're all synesthetes now4. Yasmina Jraissati: Reporting color experience in grapheme-color synesthesia: on the relation between color appearance, categories, and termsPart 2. Challenges raised by synaesthesia5. Myrto Myrtopoulos and Tony Ro: Synesthesia and consciousness: exploring the connections6. Berit Brogaard: Synesthetic binding and the reactivation model of memory7. Andre J. Abath: Merleau-Ponty and the problem of synaesthesia8. Mohan Mathen: When is Synaesthesia Perception?9. Michael Sollberger: Can synaesthesia present the world as it really is?Part 3. Boundaries of synaesthesia: Unconscious, acquired and social varieties of sensory unions10. Ophelia Deroy and Charles Spence: Questioning the continuity claim: what difference does consciousness make?11. Devin Blair Terhune, David P. Luke, and Roi Cohen Kadosh: The induction of synaesthesia in non-synaesthetes12. Malika Auvray and Mirko Farina: Patrolling the boundaries of synaesthesia: a critical appraisal of transient and artificially-induced forms of synaesthetic experiences13. Frederique de Vignemont: Mirror touch synaesthesia: intersubjective or intermodal fusion?14. Noam Sagiv, Monika Sobczak-Edmans, and Adrian L. Williams: Personification, synaesthesia and social cognition