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By Richard E. Cytowic

For many years, scientists who heard approximately synesthesia listening to shades, tasting phrases, seeing coloured ache simply shrugged their shoulders or rolled their eyes. Now, as irrefutable facts mounts that a few fit brains fairly do that, we're compelled to invite how this squares with a few adored conceptions of neuroscience. those contain binding, modularity, functionalism, blindsight, and awareness. the good news is that after outdated theoretical constructions fall, new mild could flood in. faraway from an insignificant interest, synesthesia illuminates a large swath of psychological life.In this vintage textual content, Richard Cytowic speedy disposes of previous criticisms that the phenomenon can't be "real," demonstrating that it truly is certainly brain-based. Following a historic creation, he lays out the phenomenology of synesthesia intimately and offers standards for scientific prognosis and an goal "test of genuineness." He experiences theories and experimental techniques to localize the believable point of the neuraxis at which synesthesia operates. In a dialogue of mind improvement and neural plasticity, he addresses the potential ubiquity of neonatal synesthesia, the development of metaphor, and even if everyone seems to be unconsciously synesthetic. within the last chapters, Cytowic considers synesthetes' personalities, the plain frequency of the trait between artists, and the subjective and illusory nature of what we take to be aim fact, fairly within the visible realm.The moment version has been largely revised, reflecting the new flood of curiosity in synesthesia and new wisdom of human mind functionality and improvement. greater than two-thirds of the cloth is new.

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