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Synaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction

Julia Simner

June 2019

ISBN: 9780198749219

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Synaethesia is a neurological condition that gives rise to a 'merging of the senses': those with the condition might experience certain numbers as a specific colour, or certain words as a taste. Simner describes synaesthesia's many forms, discusses its links with artistic creativity and lateral thinking, and delves into the underlying neuroscience.

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Synaethesia is a neurological condition that gives rise to a 'merging of the senses': those with the condition might experience certain numbers as a specific colour, or certain words as a taste. Simner describes synaesthesia's many forms, discusses its links with artistic creativity and lateral thinking, and delves into the underlying neuroscience.

  • Introduces the many different ways synaesthesia presents, from tasty words to colourful sounds
  • Explores the fascinating stories of different individuals' experiences of the world through their forms of synaesthesia
  • Discusses the links between synaesthesia and artistic creativity
  • Relates our contemporary understanding of the neuroscience behind synaesthesia
  • Discusses how synaesthesia can be detected and measured through specialist tests
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Julia Simner, Professor of Psychology, University of Sussex

Julia Simner is a neuropsychologist and researcher in the field of synaesthesia research and multi-sensory processing. Her education and career have taken her to the Universities of Oxford, Toronto, Edinburgh and Sussex, and she now runs the Synesthesia and Sensory Integration lab at the University of Sussex. She is the Science Officer for the UK Synaesthesia Association, Director of the ERC-funded MULTISENSE project, and Director of the Savant Network. Her previous book, The Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia was recently shortlisted for the British Medical Association's Medical Book of the Year.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:What is synaesthesia?
    2:Synaesthesia in the brain
    3:Synaesthesia and the arts
    4:The ups and downs of synaesthesia: is it a 'gift' or a 'condition'?
    5:Where does synaesthesia come from? The role of genetics and learning
    6:The question of synaesthesia
    Conclusion
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"Can reality be measurably different inside different heads? Synaesthesia teaches us that the answer is yes, and no one is better positioned than Simner to tell the story of this remarkable phenomenon. She and her colleagues have helmed the cutting edge of this research for decades, and she has now penned a wonderful book that deftly balances brevity with depth." - Dr David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Stanford University

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