The Synaesthete

  • Hannah ProctorEmail author
Part of the Mental Health in Historical Perspective book series (MHHP)


The final chapter focuses on Luria’s ‘romantic’ case history of a patient diagnosed with an extreme form of synaesthesia: The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book About a Vast Memory. Drawing on materials from the archives of Sergei Eisenstein in Moscow, the chapter considers the friendship Luria maintained with the Soviet filmmaker from the mid-1920s until the director’s death in 1948, engaging specifically with Eisenstein’s interest in and relationship with the synaesthete subject of Luria’s case history. Most analyses of Luria and Eisenstein’s friendship characterise it as an influence flowing in one direction: from psychologist to artist. Psychologies in Revolution insists that the disciplinary distinctions between film-making and psychology led the pair to espouse very different models for understanding human consciousness and historical development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Social History of Health and HealthcareUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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