Synaesthesia and colour constancy

Erskine, Holly, Mattingley, Jason B. and Arnold, Derek H. (2012) Synaesthesia and colour constancy. Cortex, 49 4: 1082-1088. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2012.03.002

Author Erskine, Holly
Mattingley, Jason B.
Arnold, Derek H.
Title Synaesthesia and colour constancy
Journal name Cortex   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-9452
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cortex.2012.03.002
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Issue 4
Start page 1082
End page 1088
Total pages 7
Place of publication Milan, Italy
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2728 Clinical Neurology
2808 Neurology
1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
Abstract Grapheme-colour synaesthesia is an atypical condition characterized by the perception of colours when reading achromatic text. We investigated the level of colour processing responsible for these experiences. To do so, we tapped a central characteristic of colour perception. In different lighting conditions the same wavelength of light can prompt the perception of different colours. This helps humans recognize distinctive coloured objects despite changes in illumination. We wanted to see if synaesthetic colours were generated at a neural locus that was susceptible to colour constancy analyses. We used colour matching and naming tasks to examine interactions between simulated coloured illuminants and synaesthetic colours. Neither synaesthetic colour matching or naming was impacted. This contrasted with non-synaesthetic control participants, who performed the colour-matching task with graphemes physically coloured to mimic synaesthesia. Our data suggest that synaesthetic colour signals are not generated at lower-levels of colour processing, but are introduced at higher levels of analysis and are therefore not impacted by the processes responsible for perceptual constancy.
Keyword Grapheme-colour synaesthesia
Colour constancy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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