Synesthesia pp 61-90 | Cite as

Theories of Synesthesia: A Review and a New Proposal

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


We have seen in the previous chapter that synesthesia is certainly both odd and interesting. For some, however, the question remains: Is it real? One of the most glaring problems in trying to fathom a mechanism for synesthesia is the lack of agreement among synesthetes about the parallel sense that they perceive. The fact that synesthesia exists is firmly established. What has not been established is how or why synesthesia occurs. Many hypotheses have been proposed, but experiments designed specifically to test these hypotheses are nil. When an explanation is proposed it is consistent only with the case reviewed but lacks empirical support, is a matter of mere speculation on the psychologist’s part, and cannot be generalized to all forms of synesthesia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Capitol NeurologyBethesdaUSA

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