Synesthetes Speak for Themselves
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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).
KeywordsFamilial Case Musical Note Blind Person Colored Shape Parallel Sense
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