Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color Their Worlds

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Henry Holt and Company, Nov 1, 2002 - Psychology - 208 pages
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Imagine a world in which words have colors and sounds have tastes. In his autobiography, Vladimir Nabokov described this neurological phenomenon, which helped inspire David Hockney's sets for the Metropolitan Opera. Richard Feynman experienced it while formulating the quantum theory that won him a Nobel Prize.

Sometimes described as a blending of perceptions, synesthesia occurs when only one of the fives senses is aroused but two respond. Journalist Patricia Lynne Duffy draws from her own struggles and breakthroughs with synesthesia to help us better understand the condition, while describing some of the major theories surrounding it.

An illuminating examination of the world of synesthetes, Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens is a must-read for science and health buffs, as well as for artists, writers, and creative thinkers-or anyone generally intrigued by the brain, the senses, and perception.

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Review: Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color Their Worlds

User Review  - Martha - Goodreads

I like this book because I am intrigued by the subject. In general, I think the workings of the human mind are fascinating. This book seems to be more a brief summary or jumping off point than an actual exploration, so I will probably look up some of her sources to read more in depth. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Catelli - Goodreads

Synesthesia is perceiving a sense impression when another sense is stimulated. The commonest one is perceiving letters as having colors; the test for this is to have the person write down his color ... Read full review

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Patricia Lynne Duffy's essays and articles have appeared in the San
Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ms., and many other magazines and newspapers. She is a co-founder of and a consultant to the American Synesthesia Association. She lives in New York City.

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