Synesthesia: Perspectives from Cognitive Neuroscience

Hardcover | October 6, 2004

EditorLynn C. Robertson, Noam Sagiv

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Owing to its bizarre nature and its implications for understanding how brains work, synesthesia has recently received a lot of attention in the popular press and motivated a great deal of research and discussion among scientists. The questions generated by these two communities are intriguing:Does the synesthetic phenomenon require awareness and attention? How does a feature that is not present become bound to one that is? Does synesthesia develop or is it hard wired? Should it change our way of thinking about perceptual experience in general? What is its value in understandingperceptual systems as a whole? This volume brings together a distinguished group of investigators from diverse backgrounds--among them neuroscientists, novelists, and synesthetes themselves--who provide fascinating answers to these questions. Although each approaches synesthesia from a very different perspective, and each wascurious about and investigated synesthesia for very different reasons, the similarities between their work cannot be ignored. The research presented in this volume demonstrates that it is no longer reasonable to ask whether or not synesthesia is real--we must now ask how we can account for it fromcognitive, neurobiological, developmental, and evolutionary perspectives. This book will be important reading for any scientist interested in brain and mind, not to mention synesthetes themselves, and others who might be wondering what all the fuss is about.

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Owing to its bizarre nature and its implications for understanding how brains work, synesthesia has recently received a lot of attention in the popular press and motivated a great deal of research and discussion among scientists. The questions generated by these two communities are intriguing:Does the synesthetic phenomenon require awa...

Lynn Robertson has been studying abnormal perception and attention for over 20 years. Her early experiments in visual spatial deficits and hemispheric asymmetries are now classic, and she was one of the first wave of experimentally trained psychologists to integrate cognitive psychology with human neuropsychology, creating the field t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:October 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. General Overview1. Noam Sagiv: Synesthesia in perspective2. Sean Day: Some demographic and socio-cultural aspects of Synesthesia3. Christopher W. Tyler: Varieties of Synesthetic ExperienceII. Perception and Attention4. Randolph Blake, Thomas J. Palmeri, Rene Marois and Chai-Youn Kim: On the perceptual reality of synesthetic color5. Daniel Smilek, Mike J. Dixon and Philip M. Merikle: Binding of graphemes and synesthetic colors in grapheme-color Synesthesia6. Noam Sagiv and Lynne C. Robertson: Synesthesia and the binding problem7. Anina N. Rich and Jason B. Mattingley: Can attention modulate color-graphemic Synesthesia?III. Consciousness and Cognition8. Jeffrey Gray: Synesthesia: A window on the hard problem of consciousness9. V.S. Ramachandran and Edward Hubbard: Emergence of the human mind: Some clues from SynesthesiaIV. Development and Learning10. Daphne Maurer and Catharine J. Mondloch: Neonatal synesthesia: A re-evaluation11. Lawrence E. Marks and Eric C. Odgaard: Development constraints on theories of SynesthesiaV. Comment12. Anne Treisman: Synesthesia: Implications for attention, binding and consciousness: A commentary

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"Overall, this work provides a broad cross-section of interest for synaesthesia researchers, and does so in a readable and comprehensive way...I recommend this book to researchers and students, in philosophy, psychology, or neuroscience, and it is a must-read for those wishing to get aquaintedwith the unusual and fascinating phenomenon."--Perception