Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2014-02-12
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

Julia Simner, Reader, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, UK,Edward M. Hubbard, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Dr. Julia Simner is an experimental neuropsychologist and leading expert in the field of synaesthesia research. She has a background in psychology, languages and linguistics from the Universities of Oxford, Toronto and Sussex, and she currently runs the Synaesthesia and Sensory Integration lab at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work focusses on the sensory, cognitive, linguistic, developmental, and historical bases of synaesthesia, and has been published in high impact science journals such as Nature, Trends in Cognitive Science and Brain. She is keenly interested in facilitating the public's understanding of science and her work has been reported in over 100 media articles world-wide, including the NY Times, BBC, CBC, Telegraph, Times, New Scientist, Scientific American etc. In 2010 she was recognised as an outstanding European scientist by the European Commission's Atomium Culture Initiative and her science writing has been published in some of Europe's leading national newspapers.

Dr. Edward M. Hubbard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he directs the Educational Neuroscience Laboratory. He received degrees from UC Berkeley and UC San Diego and completed his post-doctoral training at INSERM's Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit and Vanderbilt University. He has investigated the perceptual and neural bases of grapheme-color synesthesia and synesthetic number forms for more than a decade, and his behavioural and neuroimaging work was critical in convincing the scientific community that synaesthesia was a valid, tractable topic for investigation. More recently, he has begun to investigate the neural basis of numerical and mathematical processing in non-synesthetes, and the development of these abilities in children, to better understand the neural mechanisms that lead to the development of synesthesia in children.

Table of Contents

Part I: Origins of Synaesthesia
1. The prevalence of Synesthesia: The consistency revolution, Donielle Johnson, Carrie Allison, and Simon Baron-Cohen
2. Genetics & inheritance of Synesthesia, Julian E. Asher and Duncan A. Carmichael
3. Synesthesia in infants and very young children, Daphne Maurer, Laura C. Gibson, and Ferrinne Spector
4. Synesthesia in school-aged children, Julia Simner and Edward M. Hubbard
5. Synesthesia, alphabet books, & fridge magnets, Peter Hancock
Part II: Synaesthesia, Language & numbers
6. Numbers, Synesthesia and Directionality, Roi Cohen-Kadosh and Avishai Henik
7. Synesthesia, sequences & space, Clare Jonas and Michelle Jarick
8. The 'Rules' of Synesthesia, Julia Simner
9. Coloured alphabets in bi-lingual Synesthets, Aleksandra Mroczko-Wsowicz and Danko Nikoli
10. Synesthesia, meaning, & multi-lingual speakers, Fiona N. Newell
11. Synesthesia in non-alphabetic languages, Wan-Yu Hung
12. Synesthesia personification: The social world of graphemes, Monika Sobczak-Edmans and Noam Sagiv
Part III: Attention & Perception
13. Individual Differences in Synesthesia, Tessa M. van Leeuwen
14. The Role of Attention in Synesthesia, Anina N. Rich and Jason B. Mattingley
15. Revisiting the Perceptual Reality of Synesthetic colour, Chai-Youn Kim and Randolph Blake
16. Synesthesia and binding, Bryan D. Alvarez and Lynn C. Robertson
17. Synesthesia, Eye-Movements and Pupilometry, Tanja C.W. Nijboer and Bruno Laeng
18. Synesthesia, Incongruence and Emotionality, Alicia Callejas and Juan Lupianez
Part IV: Contemporary & Historical Approaches
19. Synesthesia in the 19th century: Scientific origins, Jorg Jewanski
20. Synesthesia in the 20th century: Synesthesia's renaissance, Richard Cytowic
21. Synesthesia in the 21st century: Synesthesia's ascent, Christopher T. Lovelace
22. Synesthesia in Space Versus the 'Mind's Eye': How to ask the right questions, Christine Mohr
23. Synesthesia: A psychosocial approach, Markus Zedler and Marie Rehme
Part V: Neurological Basis of Synaesthesia
24. Synesthesia and Functional Imaging, Edward M. Hubbard
25. Synesthesia, Hyper-Connectivity and Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Romke Rouw
26. Can Grey Matter Studies inform Theories of (grapheme-colour) Synesthesia?, Peter H. Weiss
27. Synesthesia and Cortical Connectivity - a Neurodevelopmental Perspective, Kevin J. Mitchell
28. The Timing of Neurophysiological Events in Synesthesia, Lutz Jancke
29. The Use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in the Investigation of Synesthesia, Neil G. Muggleton and Elias Tsakanikos
30. Synesthesia, mirror-neurons & mirror-touch, Michael J. Banissy
Part VI: Costs & benefits: creativity, memory & beyond
31. Synesthesia and Creativity, Catherine M. Mulvenna
32. Synesthesia in the Visual Arts, Cretien van Campen
33. Synesthesia in Literature, Patricia Lynne Duffy
34. Synesthesia and the artistic process, Carol Steen and Greta Berman
35. Synesthesia and Memory, Beat Meier and Nicolas Rothen
36. Synesthesia and Savantism, Mary Jane Spiller and Ashok S. Jansari
37. Synesthesia, Imagery and Performance, Mark C. Price
Part VII: Cross-modality in the General Population
38. Weak Synesthesia in Perception and Language, Lawrence E. Marks
39. Audio-visual Correspondances in the General Population, Cesare Parise and Charles Spence
40. Cross-modality in Speech Processing, Argiro Vatakis
41. Magnitudes, Metaphors and Modalities: A theory of magnitude (ATOM) revisited, Vincent E. Walsh
42. Sensory Substitution Devices: Creating "artifical synesthesias", Laurent Renier and Anne G. De Volder
43. Synaesthesia, Cross-Modality and Language Evolution, Christine Cuskley and Simon Kirby
Part VIII: Perspectives on Synaesthesia
44. Synesthesia: A first-person perspective, Sean A. Day
45. Synesthesia and Consciousness, Noam Sagiv and Chris D. Frith
46. What Exactly is a Sense?, Brian L. Keeley
47. What Synesthesia isn't, Mary-Ellen Lynall and Colin Blakemore
48. From Molecules to Metaphor: Outlooks on Synesthesia Research, 1. VS Ramachandran and David Brang
49. Synesthesia: Where have we been? Where are we going?, Jamie Ward

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