Precision of synesthetic color matching resembles that for recollected colors rather than physical colors

Arnold, Derek H., Wegener, Signy V., Brown, Francesca and Mattingley, Jason B. (2012) Precision of synesthetic color matching resembles that for recollected colors rather than physical colors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38 5: 1078-1084. doi:10.1037/a0028129


Author Arnold, Derek H.
Wegener, Signy V.
Brown, Francesca
Mattingley, Jason B.
Title Precision of synesthetic color matching resembles that for recollected colors rather than physical colors
Journal name Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0096-1523
Publication date 2012-06-18
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0028129
Volume 38
Issue 5
Start page 1078
End page 1084
Total pages 7
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Grapheme-color synesthesia is an atypical condition in which individuals experience sensations of color when reading printed graphemes such as letters and digits. For some grapheme-color synesthetes, seeing a printed grapheme triggers a sensation of color, but hearing the name of a grapheme does not. This dissociation allowed us to compare the precision with which synesthetes are able to match their color experiences triggered by visible graphemes, with the precision of their matches for recalled colors based on the same graphemes spoken aloud. In six synesthetes, color matching for printed graphemes was equally variable relative to recalled experiences. In a control experiment, synesthetes and age-matched controls either matched the color of a circular patch while it was visible on a screen, or they judged its color from memory after it had disappeared. Both synesthetes and controls were more variable when matching from memory, and the variance of synesthetes’ recalled color judgments matched that associated with their synesthetic judgments for visible graphemes in the first experiment. Results suggest that synesthetic experiences of color triggered by achromatic graphemes are analogous to recollections of color.
Keyword Synesthesia
Grapheme-color synesthesia
Color perception
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Online first: 18 June 2012.

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