Colours and Category learning: Implications for Grapheme-Colour Synaesthesia

Thea Katy Mannix, Thomas Alrik Sørensen*

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In their recent publication, Pinna & Deiana (2018) describe the significant benefits of colour as a word segmentation tool for both adults and children with dyslexia. Here we describe how these findings may support work that claims synaesthesia, a neurological phenomenon where graphemes elicit an automatic, involuntary experience of colour, may develop in response to the cognitive demands of gaining literacy in childhood (Watson, Akins, Spiker, Crawford & Enns, 2014; 2017). We further describe how this may reflect on the underlying mechanisms of synaesthesia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSálubót: Afmælisrit til heiðurs Jörgen L. Pind
EditorsÁrni Kristiánsson, Heida Maria Sigurdardottir, Kristjan Arnason
Number of pages10
PublisherUniversity of Iceland Press
Publication date8 Oct 2021
ISBN (Print)978-9935-23-251-9
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2021
EventSálubót – Málþing til heiðurs Jörgen L. Pind sjötugum - University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 Oct 20218 Oct 2021


ConferenceSálubót – Málþing til heiðurs Jörgen L. Pind sjötugum
LocationUniversity of Iceland


  • Synaesthesia
  • Reading
  • Perceptual strategies


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