Synaesthesia – a strategy for learning perceptual categories

Sørensen, T. A. (Lecturer)

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies


Synaesthesia is a condition where otherwise ordinary observers seem to have a variation in perceptual content related to specific categories, e.g. letters and colours. In recent years it has been proposed that there may be a link between autism and synaesthesia, as both seem to share cognitive similarities and be linked to early development. However, we believe that there are a number of problems with this link and often the syntesthetes we see are both well educated and functioning. Here I will argue that synaesthesia may in fact be a learning strategy, which some people deploy during development. In this talk I will provide a tentative definition of synaesthesia, and why we believe that synaesthesia may be more to be related to expertise and how we establish perceptual categories, than a developmental dysfunction.
Period11 Dec 2019
Held atUniversity of Southampton, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal