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A Summary of Current Ideas on SynesthesiaBy Megan Davis

Nominated by Carol Mills, Professor of Psychology

From the Author: I wrote this paper on synesthesia for my seminar in Cognitive Psychology with professor Carol Mills. Had it occurred to me, upon choosing my topic, that she herself conducts research on this phenomenon I might have reconsidered. However, I was intrigued when I learned that there could be an interconnection between our distinct senses. Having read Luria’s The Mind of a Mnemonist in class, I found synesthete S. fascinating. His descriptions of a male voice as crumbly yellow and of a loud tone as tasting of briny pickle with a rough unpleasant feel that could hurt your hand seemed simply unimaginable. I was envious and wanted to experience these percepts, but of course I could not. It seemed that the next best thing would be to understand them, and so I set out to do so.

From the Faculty Nominator: Megan Davis wrote this paper for my seminar, Psychology 380, Case studies in cognition. For that class, students select a topic they are interested in, write a review paper, and report on the topic to the class. Megan selected Synesthesia for her topic and then felt like she had to do a really super job, since I do research on the topic myself. She did an outstanding job: This is one of the best papers I have ever gotten in that class.

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