The Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia

Hardcover | January 7, 2014

EditorJulia Simner, Edward M. Hubbard

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Synesthesia is a fascinating phenomenon which has captured the imagination of scientists and artists alike. This inherited condition gives rise to a kind of 'merging of the senses', and so for those who experience it, everyday activities like reading or listening to music trigger extraordinaryimpressions of colours, tastes, smells, shapes and other sensations. Synesthesia research also informs us about normal sensation because all people experience cross-sensory mappings to an implicit degree. Synesthesia has a considerably broad appeal, and in recent decades the field has experienced aresurgence of interest. These advances have painted a detailed story about the development, genetics, psychology, history, aesthetics and neuroscience of synesthesia, and provide a contemporary source of study for a new generation of scholars. The Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia brings together this broad body of knowledge into one definitive state-of-the-art handbook. It includes a large number of concisely written chapters, under broader headings, which tackle questions about the origins of synesthesia, its neurological basis, its linkswith language and numbers, attention and perception, and with 'normal' sensory and linguistic processing. It asks questions about synesthesia's role in language evolution, and presents both contemporary and historical overviews of the field. It shows synaesthesia's costs and benefits (e.g., increativity, memory, imagery) and describes how synaesthesia can provide inspiration for artists and designers. The book ends with a series of perspectives on synesthesia, including a first-hand account, and philosophical viewpoints which show how synaesthesia poses unique questions about sensation,consciousness and the nature of reality.

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Synesthesia is a fascinating phenomenon which has captured the imagination of scientists and artists alike. This inherited condition gives rise to a kind of 'merging of the senses', and so for those who experience it, everyday activities like reading or listening to music trigger extraordinaryimpressions of colours, tastes, smells, sha...

Dr. Julia Simner is an experimental neuropsychologist and leading expert in the field of synaesthesia research. She has a background in psychology, languages and linguistics from the Universities of Oxford, Toronto and Sussex, and she currently runs the Synaesthesia and Sensory Integration lab at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1120 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Origins of Synaesthesia1. Donielle Johnson, Carrie Allison, and Simon Baron-Cohen: The prevalence of Synesthesia: The consistency revolution2. Julian E. Asher and Duncan A. Carmichael: Genetics and inheritance of Synesthesia3. Daphne Maurer, Laura C. Gibson, and Ferrinne Spector: Synesthesia in infants and very young children4. Julia Simner and Edward M. Hubbard: Synesthesia in school-aged children5. Peter Hancock: Synesthesia, alphabet books, and fridge magnetsPart II: Synaesthesia, Language and numbers6. Roi Cohen-Kadosh and Avishai Henik: Numbers, Synesthesia and Directionality7. Clare Jonas and Michelle Jarick: Synesthesia, sequences and space8. Julia Simner: The 'Rules' of Synesthesia9. Aleksandra Mroczko-W?sowicz and Danko Nikoli?: Coloured alphabets in bi-lingual Synesthets10. Fiona N. Newell: Synesthesia, meaning, and multi-lingual speakers11. Wan-Yu Hung: Synesthesia in non-alphabetic languages12. Monika Sobczak-Edmans and Noam Sagiv: Synesthesia personification: The social world of graphemesPart III: Attention and Perception13. Tessa M. van Leeuwen: Individual Differences in Synesthesia14. Anina N. Rich and Jason B. Mattingley: The Role of Attention in Synesthesia15. Chai-Youn Kim and Randolph Blake: Revisiting the Perceptual Reality of Synesthetic colour16. Bryan D. Alvarez and Lynn C. Robertson: Synesthesia and binding17. Tanja C.W. Nijboer and Bruno Laeng: Synesthesia, Eye-Movements and Pupilometry18. Alicia Callejas and Juan Lupianez: Synesthesia, Incongruence and EmotionalityPart IV: Contemporary and Historical Approaches19. Jorg Jewanski: Synesthesia in the 19th century: Scientific origins20. Richard Cytowic: Synesthesia in the 20th century: Synesthesia's renaissance21. Christopher T. Lovelace: Synesthesia in the 21st century: Synesthesia's ascent22. Christine Mohr: Synesthesia in Space Versus the 'Mind's Eye': How to ask the right questions23. Markus Zedler and Marie Rehme: Synesthesia: A psychosocial approachPart V: Neurological Basis of Synaesthesia24. Edward M. Hubbard: Synesthesia and Functional Imaging25. Romke Rouw: Synesthesia, Hyper-Connectivity and Diffusion Tensor Imaging26. Peter H. Weiss: Can Grey Matter Studies inform Theories of (grapheme-colour) Synesthesia?27. Kevin J. Mitchell: Synesthesia and Cortical Connectivity - a Neurodevelopmental Perspective28. Lutz Jancke: The Timing of Neurophysiological Events in Synesthesia29. Neil G. Muggleton and Elias Tsakanikos: The Use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in the Investigation of Synesthesia30. Michael J. Banissy: Synesthesia, mirror-neurons and mirror-touchPart VI: Costs and benefits: creativity, memory and beyond31. Catherine M. Mulvenna: Synesthesia and Creativity32. Cretien van Campen: Synesthesia in the Visual Arts33. Patricia Lynne Duffy: Synesthesia in Literature34. Carol Steen and Greta Berman: Synesthesia and the artistic process35. Beat Meier and Nicolas Rothen: Synesthesia and Memory36. Mary Jane Spiller and Ashok S. Jansari: Synesthesia and Savantism37. Mark C. Price: Synesthesia, Imagery and PerformancePart VII: Cross-modality in the General Population38. Lawrence E. Marks: Weak Synesthesia in Perception and Language39. Cesare Parise and Charles Spence: Audio-visual Correspondances in the General Population40. Argiro Vatakis: Cross-modality in Speech Processing41. Vincent E. Walsh: Magnitudes, Metaphors and Modalities: A theory of magnitude (ATOM) revisited42. Laurent Renier and Anne G. De Volder: Sensory Substitution Devices: Creating "artifical synesthesias"43. Christine Cuskley and Simon Kirby: Synaesthesia, Cross-Modality and Language EvolutionPart VIII: Perspectives on Synaesthesia44. Sean A. Day: Synesthesia: A first-person perspective45. Noam Sagiv and Chris D. Frith: Synesthesia and Consciousness46. Brian L. Keeley: What Exactly is a Sense?47. Mary-Ellen Lynall and Colin Blakemore: What Synesthesia isn't48. 1. VS Ramachandran and David Brang: From Molecules to Metaphor: Outlooks on Synesthesia Research49. Jamie Ward: Synesthesia: Where have we been? Where are we going?