Anomalous perception in synaesthesia: A cognitive neuroscience perspective

Rich, AN and Mattingley, JB (2002) Anomalous perception in synaesthesia: A cognitive neuroscience perspective. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 3 1: 43-52. doi:10.1038/nrn702


Author Rich, AN
Mattingley, JB
Title Anomalous perception in synaesthesia: A cognitive neuroscience perspective
Journal name Nature Reviews Neuroscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-0048
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1038/nrn702
Volume 3
Issue 1
Start page 43
End page 52
Total pages 10
Place of publication London
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Abstract An enduring question in cognitive neuroscience is how the physical properties of the world are represented in the brain to yield conscious perception. In most people, a particular physical stimulus gives rise to a unitary, unimodal perceptual experience. So, light energy leads to the sensation of seeing, whereas sound waves produce the experience of hearing. However, for individuals with the rare phenomenon of synaesthesia, specific physical stimuli consistently induce more than one perceptual experience. For example, hearing particular sounds might induce vivid experiences of colour, taste or odour, as might the sight of visual symbols, such as letters or digits. Here we review the latest findings on synaesthesia, and consider its possible genetic, neural and cognitive bases. We also propose a neurocognitive framework for understanding such anomalous perceptual experiences.
Keyword Neurosciences
Interactive Activation Model
Colored-hearing Synesthesia
Sensory Dimensions
Visual-perception
Modularity
Attention
Imagery
Tests
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes This document is a journal review.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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