Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia

Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia

5.0 2
by Richard E. Cytowic, David M. Eagleman
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0262516705

ISBN-13: 9780262516709

Pub. Date: 09/30/2011

Publisher: MIT Press

A person with synesthesia might feel the flavor of food on her fingertips, sense the letter "J" as shimmering magenta or the number "5" as emerald green, hear and taste her husband's voice as buttery golden brown. Synesthetes rarely talk about their peculiar sensory gift — believing either that everyone else senses the world exactly as they do, or that no one

Overview

A person with synesthesia might feel the flavor of food on her fingertips, sense the letter "J" as shimmering magenta or the number "5" as emerald green, hear and taste her husband's voice as buttery golden brown. Synesthetes rarely talk about their peculiar sensory gift — believing either that everyone else senses the world exactly as they do, or that no one else does.

Yet synesthesia occurs in one in twenty people, and is even more common among artists. One famous synesthete was novelist Vladimir Nabokov, who insisted as a toddler that the colors on his wooden alphabet blocks were "all wrong." His mother understood exactly what he meant because she, too, had synesthesia.

Nabokov's son Dmitri, who recounts this tale in the afterword to this book, is also a synesthete — further illustrating how synesthesia runs in families.

In Wednesday Is Indigo Blue, pioneering researcher Richard Cytowic and distinguished neuroscientist David Eagleman explain the neuroscience and genetics behind synesthesia's multisensory experiences. Because synesthesia contradicted existing theory, Cytowic spent twenty years persuading colleagues that it was a real — and important — brain phenomenon rather than a mere curiosity. Today scientists in fifteen countries are exploring synesthesia and how it is changing the traditional view of how the brain works. Cytowic and Eagleman argue that perception is already multisensory, though for most of us its multiple dimensions exist beyond the reach of consciousness. Reality, they point out, is more subjective than most people realize. No mere curiosity, synesthesia is a window on the mind and brain, highlighting the amazing differences in the way people see the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262516709
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/30/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
419,501
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written and easy for the layperson with an interest in synethesia to understand. Fascinating!!