Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Ming Ronnier Luo

Color Synesthesia

  • Berit Brogaard
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8071-7_112



Color synesthesia is a condition in which sensory or cognitive inducers elicit atypical binding of these inducers to concurrent color experiences.

Marks of Color Synesthesia

Synesthesia is a condition in which stimulation in one sensory or cognitive stream involuntarily, or automatically, leads to associated internal or external (illusory or hallucinatory) experiences in a second unstimulated sensory or cognitive system [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]. Although most cases of synesthesia are developmental and run in families, acquired cases have also been reported following traumatic brain injury, demyelination, ischemia, tumors, post-traumatic total ocular blindness, and neuropathology involving the optic nerve and/or chiasm [10, 11, 12].

Color synesthesia is a special kind of synesthesia that comprises cases of synesthesia in which a noncolored sensory or cognitive stimulus involuntarily leads to internal or external color experiences. The prevalence...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and the Brogaard Lab for Multisensory ResearchUniversity of Miami and University of OsloMiamiUSA