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posted on 2021-11-25, 07:29 authored by SOLANGE GLASSERSOLANGE GLASSER

This record contains the presentation for a paper given by Dr Solange Glasser at the International Symposium on Sensory Cognition 2021 (Mexico) on the 26th of November, 2021.

International Symposium on Sensory Cognition from Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) at Mexico.

Title: Sweet sounds and tasty names: what synaesthesia can teach us about multisensory integration

Abstract: Synaesthesia is a rare neurological condition in which the stimulation of one sense modality leads to an automatic, involuntary experience in a second sense modality. While synaesthesia is more prevalent among arts professionals, and is linked to enhanced memory and creativity, little is known about music-related forms of synaesthesia and their impact on development. This presentation will survey the current literature on synaesthesia with a particular focus on music-related forms of synaesthesia, with the aim of identifying how research in this underdeveloped field can help broaden our understanding of how we all experience music in a multisensory way. Through the exploration of rare forms of music-taste synaesthesia, a specific emphasis of this presentation will investigate the lived-world experiences of synaesthetes who, quite literally, find music ‘sweet’.