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Richard E. Cytowic (Doctor)
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Synesthesia

Richard E. Cytowic (Doctor)


9780262535090

MIT PRESS


Psychology;
Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology;
Neurology & clinical neurophysiology


Paperback

288 pages

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An accessible, concise primer on the neurological trait of synesthesia-vividly felt sensory couplings-by a founder of the field.

One in twenty-three people carry the genes for the synesthesia. Not a disorder but a neurological trait-like perfect pitch-synesthesia creates vividly felt cross-sensory couplings. A synesthete might hear a voice and at the same time see it as a color or shape, taste its distinctive flavor, or feel it as a physical touch. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Richard Cytowic, the expert who returned synesthesia to mainstream science after decades of oblivion, offers a concise, accessible primer on this fascinating human experience.

Cytowic explains that synesthesia's most frequent manifestation is seeing days of the week as colored, followed by sensing letters, numerals, and punctuation marks in different hues even when printed in black. Other manifestations include tasting food in shapes, seeing music in moving colors, and mapping numbers and other sequences spatially. One synesthete declares, Chocolate smells pink and sparkly ; another invents a dish (chicken, vanilla ice cream, and orange juice concentrate) that tastes intensely blue. Cytowic, who in the 1980s revived scientific interest in synesthesia, sees it now understood as a spectrum, an umbrella term that covers five clusters of outwardly felt couplings that can occur via several pathways. Yet synesthetic or not, each brain uniquely filters what it perceives. Cytowic reminds us that each individual's perspective on the world is thoroughly subjective.

By:   Richard E. Cytowic (Doctor)
Imprint:   MIT PRESS
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 16mm
ISBN:   9780262535090
ISBN 10:   0262535092
Series:   MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   March 2018
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

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