Synesthesia pp 23-60 | Cite as

Synesthetes Speak for Themselves

Part of the Springer Series in Neuropsychology book series (SSNEUROPSYCHOL)


In this chapter we will learn about the world of synesthetes through their own voices as they tell what it is like to have, in essence, a sixth sense. There are many permutations, and the range of synesthetic performance in clinical experience is broad. One patient may have a highly restricted form of colored hearing, for example, in which only a particular voice or particular kind of music will elicit photisms. The opposite extreme is the pentamodal patient: stimulation of one sense causes synesthesia in the remaining four. Such a vigorous type is best represented by Luria’s famous patient, S (Luria, 1968).


Familial Case Musical Note Blind Person Colored Shape Parallel Sense 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Capitol NeurologyBethesdaUSA

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