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Author Cytowic, Richard E.

Title Synesthesia : a union of the senses / Richard E. Cytowick
Edition Second edition
Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 394 pages) : illustrations
Contents ""Contents""; ""Foreword to the Second Edition""; ""Foreword to the First Edition""; ""Preface to the Second Edition""; ""Preface to the First Edition""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""1 -- Introduction""; ""2 -- Synesthetes Speak for Themselves""; ""3 -- Theories of Synesthesia: A Review and a New Proposal""; ""4 -- Overlaps and Evidence for Localization""; ""5 -- Spatial Extension""; ""6 -- The Neural Substrate of Synesthesia""; ""7 -- Developmental Issues""; ""8 -- Synesthesia, Personality, and Art""; ""9 -- Seeing Reality""; ""Afterword""; ""References""; ""Appendix""; ""Index""
Summary Annotation For decades, scientists who heard about synesthesia hearing colors, tasting words, seeing colored pain just shrugged their shoulders or rolled their eyes. Now, as irrefutable evidence mounts that some healthy brains really do this, we are forced to ask how this squares with some cherished conceptions of neuroscience. These include binding, modularity, functionalism, blindsight, and consciousness. The good news is that when old theoretical structures fall, new light may flood in. Far from a mere curiosity, synesthesia illuminates a wide swath of mental life. In this classic text, Richard Cytowic quickly disposes of earlier criticisms that the phenomenon cannot be "real," demonstrating that it is indeed brain-based. Following a historical introduction, he lays out the phenomenology of synesthesia in detail and gives criteria for clinical diagnosis and an objective "test of genuineness." He reviews theories and experimental procedures to localize the plausible level of the neuraxis at which synesthesia operates. In a discussion of brain development and neural plasticity, he addresses the possible ubiquity of neonatal synesthesia, the construction of metaphor, and whether everyone is unconsciously synesthetic. In the closing chapters, Cytowic considers synesthetes' personalities, the apparent frequency of the trait among artists, and the subjective and illusory nature of what we take to be objective reality, particularly in the visual realm. The second edition has been extensively revised, reflecting the recent flood of interest in synesthesia and new knowledge of human brain function and development. More than two-thirds of the material is new
Notes "A Bradford book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-384) and index
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Subject Senses and sensation.
Synesthesia -- Physiological aspects.
Perception -- physiology.
Sensation -- physiology.
Form Electronic book
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