Synesthesia: a union of the senses

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Springer-Verlag, Mar 13, 1989 - Psychology - 354 pages
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Synesthesia comes from the Greek "syn" (meaning union) and "aisthesis" (sensation), literally interpreted as a joining of the senses. Synesthesia is an involuntary joining in which the real information from one sense is joined or accompanies a perception in another. Dr. Cytowic reports extensive research into the physical, psychological, neural, and familial background of a group of synesthets. His findings form the first complete picture of the brain mechanisms that underlie this remarkable perceptual experience. His research demonstrates that this rare condition is brain-based and perceptual and not mind-based, as is the case with memory or imagery. "Synesthesia" offers a unique and detailed study of a condition which has confounded scientists for more than 200 years.

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I've always been interested in cognition and perception. I have a few synesthetic quirks myself and so, was interested in learning more. Read full review


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Richard E. Cytowic, M.D., founded Capitol Neurology, a private clinic in Washington, D.C., and teaches at George Washington University Medical Center. He is the author of "Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses" and "The Man Who Tasted Shapes, " both published by the MIT Press.

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