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Enhanced sensory perception in synaesthesia

Banissy, Michael J.; Walsh, Vincent and Ward, Jamie. 2009. Enhanced sensory perception in synaesthesia. Experimental Brain Research, 196(4), pp. 565-71. ISSN 0014-4819 [Article]

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Previous findings imply that synaesthetic experience may have consequences for sensory processing of stimuli that do not themselves trigger synaesthesia. For example, synaesthetes who experience colour show enhanced perceptual processing of colour compared to non-synaesthetes. This study aimed to investigate whether enhanced perceptual processing was a core property of synaesthesia by contrasting tactile and colour sensitivity in synaesthetes who experience either colour, touch, or both touch and colour as evoked sensations. For comparison the performance of non-synaesthetic control subjects was also assessed. There was a relationship between the modality of synaesthetic experience and the modality of sensory enhancement. Synaesthetes who experience colour have enhanced colour sensitivity and synaesthetes who experience touch have enhanced tactile sensitivity. These findings suggest the possibility that a hyper-sensitive concurrent perceptual system is a general property of synaesthesia and are discussed in relation to theories of the condition.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-009-1888-0

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
2009Published

Item ID:

5993

Date Deposited:

24 Oct 2011 14:38

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 13:03

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5993

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