I Love that Shade of 5
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This paper discusses how synaesthesia can be described as irregular sensory perception and examines its symptoms and diagnosis. It also examines how research of this rare condition is still in its early phases; however, due to recent research, many conclusions can be made about this perceptual phenomenon. The paper addresses much of the controversy surrounding the condition and argues that synaesthesia does exist and is mainly a perceptual concept. The paper also discusses how synaesthesia is still a mystery that psychologists must continue to investigate.
From the Paper:"Synaesthesia was first noted by John Locke, in 1690, in a case study of a blind man who described the color scarlet as "the sound of a trumpet" (Steven & Blakemore, 2004, p. 856). However, it took another 200 years before the first known scientific research was done on this topic. The first scientific accounts were recorded by Galton, Philipe, and Starr in the 1880s. Each scientist documented separate accounts of "coloured hearing in people with late-onset blindness" (Steven & Blakemore, 2004, p. 856). In their research, all described various synaesthesiatic experiences "including coloured pitch, coloured vowel sounds... and colored music" (Steven & Blakemore, 2004, p. 856). It has been nearly 130 years since synaesthesia was first studied but, today synesthesia is still considered a perceptual phenomenon that boggles psychologists and neuroscientists (Brett et al., 2008). The purpose of this paper is to discuss synesthesia - the definition, the different types, and current theories behind this phenomenon."
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