Synesthesia pp 190-237 | Cite as

Synesthesia and Personality

  • Richard E. Cytowic
Part of the Springer Series in Neuropsychology book series (SSNEUROPSYCHOL)


At the very end of The Mind of A Mnemonist, Luria (1968) devoted a few pages to S’s personality and asked the following: Is it reasonable to think that the existence of an extraordinarily developed figurative memory, of synesthesia, has no effect on an individual’s personality structure? Can a person who “sees” everything; who cannot understand a thing unless an impression of it “leaks” through all his sense organs; who must feel a telephone number on the tip of his tongue before he can remember it—can he possibly develop as others do?... Indeed one would be hard put to say which was more real for him: The world of imagination in which he lived or the world of reality in which he was but a temporary guest (pp. 150, 159).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Cytowic
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  1. 1.Capitol NeurologyBethesdaUSA

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