All references to figures, tables, and boxes are boldfaced and in color, for easy differentiation from the body of the text. Nabokov's son Dmitri, who recounts this tale in the afterword to this book, is also a synesthete—further illustrating how synesthesia runs in families. Although most synesthetes acquire their unusual sensory perception in middle childhood and keep it for a lifetime, there are some rare cases in which people may lose or gain synesthesia at puberty. The book is well structured, and filled with examples and testimonials from individuals with various forms of synesthesia. Synesthetes rarely talk about their peculiarsensory gift--believing either that everyone else senses the world exactly as they do, or that noone else does. S93 C964 2009 Preceded by Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia is a 2009 book written by and documenting the current scientific understanding of , a perceptual condition where an experience of one such as sight causes an automatic and involuntary experience in another sense such as hearing. The authors describe the landscape of associations in the brain as being similar to a mountainous landscape, in which only some of the peaks break through the cloud cover of consciousness.
Could this be the basis of increased creativity, intelligence, or madness? I definitely think that people should take more interest in Neuroscience because it does pertain to who they are. In Touch With The Future explores the science of touch, bringing together the latest findings from cognitive neuroscience about the processing of tactile information in humans. As a design student, I was interested in the condition and how it affects the perception of the mind in terms of associations, accumulative experience and metaphors. Cytowic and Eagleman are leading synesthesia researchers. No merecuriosity, synesthesia is a window on the mind and brain, highlighting the amazing differences inthe way people see the world.
Definitely the most comprehensive book on synesthesia that I've read thus far. The book as an epilogue by Navokok's son Dimitri, who, like his father, is also a synaesthete. In this book, they present a detailed description of synesthesia, providing a catalog of synesthesia experiences and an overview of current theories of how these experiences come about. The authors present theories as to why. Synesthetes rarely talk about their peculiar sensory gift—believing either that everyone else senses the world exactly as they do, or that no one else does. He is currently a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.
Description: viii, 309 pages : illustrations chiefly color , music ; 23 cm Contents: What color is Tuesday? 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. Reality, they point out, is more subjective than most people realize. Moreover, there is evidence that synaesthetic experiences not only activate brain areas typically involved in processing sensory input of the concurrent modality; synaesthesia seems to cause a structural reorganisation of the brain. Today scientists in fifteen countries are exploring synesthesia and how it is changing the traditional view of how the brain works. The skin protects our body from the external world and, at the same time, informs us about what occurs on its surface.
And, it really does feel like that. Cytowic and Eagleman argue that perception is already multisensory, though for most of us its multiple dimensions exist beyond the reach of consciousness. When they discover that is not the case, they often switch extremes, believing that nobody experiences what they experience. This collection features essays written by Boyd since completing the biography, incorporating material he gleaned from his research as well as new discoveries and formulations. Sound like an acid trip? Such variances in intensity of the experience lead to the question: how much synesthesia is normal? The first chapter of the book explains difficulties with establishing an accurate prevalence of synesthesia. Yet synesthesia occurs in one in twenty people, and is even more common among artists. Today scientists in fifteen countries are exploring synesthesia and how it is changing the traditional view of how the brain works.
Despite this unfortunate fact, Cytowic and Eagleman are well-versed in the field and introduce the reader to synesthesia, its various forms, experimental results, and the current state of exploration. Attempts to train non-synaesthetes with synaesthetic associations have been successful in mimicking certain behavioural aspects and posthypnotic induction of synaesthetic experiences in non-synaesthetes has even led to the according phenomenological reports. Yet critical thinking skills are also honed as the reader is alerted to the many widely held myths about the neuroscience of behavior and educated about facts that sound unlikely to the uninformed. Not a disorder but a neurological trait—like perfect pitch—synesthesia creates vividly felt cross-sensory couplings. It also goes into detail about very interesting topics. References include both the well-known e. Cytowic and Eagleman argue that perception is already multisensory, though for most of us its multiple dimensions exist beyond the reach of consciousness.
The book begins with an anecdote to convey the view of synesthesia from the inside perspective and open the reader's mind. I sometimes wonder if my mother's reaction was because she herself was - and had never spoken about it. This title brings together a broad body of knowledge about this condition into one definitive state-of-the-art handbook. Because there were not enough points on chicken served at a dinner almost two decades ago, Cytowic came to explore a deeper reality that he believes exists in all individuals, but usually below the surface of awareness. Nevertheless, it remains a fascinating book for anyone who's ever wondered how their perception of the world lines up with everyone else's. Denn das Gehirn spielt uns fortwährend Streiche: Es versetzt uns in Angstzustände, als verfolge uns der Säbelzahntiger, quält uns an Bord eines Schiffes mit Übelkeit oder entwirft ein völlig überzogenes Bild von uns selbst. It's still unclear how much of the population is synesthetic.
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. Contributors examine the extent to which the senses act in concert, rather than as discrete modalities, and whether this influence is epistemically pernicious, neutral, or beneficial. Besides informing us about the cognitive mechanisms of synaesthesia, synaesthesia research is relevant for more general questions, for example about consciousness such as the binding problem, about crossmodal correspondences and about how individual differences in perceiving and experiencing the world develop. For a neuroscience book, and one that is discussing an issue, not widely addressed as Synesthesia, this book might be a good start. Further, they claim that, if this were the case, the cross-connections of synesthesia may be present in all brains, but contained below the level of consciousness. These sensory phenomena are in addition to the normal senses.
Synesthetes rarely talk about their peculiar sensory gift -- believing either that everyone else senses the world exactly as they do, or that no one else does. I didn't find the first part of the book, in which the various kinds of synthestic experiences are described in detail, particularly engaging, but others, especially those who experience synesthesia themselves may be reassured in finding that synesthesia is indeed a recognized and normal part of the human experience for many people. The trait of crossed senses is now seen as important to understanding how brains perceive. You'd never guess it was written by two people. Sharing his personal reflections, Boyd recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of researching Nabokov's biography and his unusual finds in the archives, including materials still awaiting publication.
I found the book very interesting and informative. This is an intriguing book about synesthesia and the different patterns people with synesthesia see, hear or feel. It was way more scientific-y than I usually prefer, and took a while to get through because of that, but it basically explains so many things about my life. In Touch With The Future explores the science of touch, bringing together the latest findings from cognitive neuroscience about the processing of tactile information in humans. Individuals that have synesthesia have always had synesthesia, and generally assume that everyone else perceives the world in the same way, much as nonsynesthetes do. Sharing his personal reflections, Boyd recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of researching Nabokov's biography and his unusual finds in the archives, including materials still awaiting publication.