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Synesthesia is the general name for a related set of cognitive traits. Synesthesia may be divided into two general, somewhat overlapping forms. In the first, “synesthesia proper”, stimuli to a sensory input will also trigger perceptions in one or more other sensory modes. For example, a person might not only hear music, but also see it; or might not only feel a touch to the hand, but also taste it. In the second form of synesthesia, called "cognitive category synesthesia", sets of things which cultures teach us to put together and categorize, such as letters, numbers, or people's names, also get sensory addition, such as a smell, color or flavor. The letter ‘A’ might be seen as red; the word ‘book’ might put a taste of oranges in one’s mouth. Synesthesia affects more than 3.7% of the world’s population – that’s at least one out of every 27 people! Yet it is generally unknown to most people. This book explores more than 80 different types of synesthesia, from the more common, such as colored letters and numbers and time-lines, to the extraordinarily rare, such as flavors in one’s mouth producing perceptions of musical chords. The author is himself a multiple synesthete who has researched and interacted with other synesthetes around the world for over 25 years.Biografía del autor:
Sean A. Day was born in Jackson, Michigan. He began college at Indiana University, majoring in Music Composition, but eventually switched to Anthropology at Purdue University. He holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Purdue University. He founded the Synesthesia List, an international forum for synesthetes and synesthesia researchers, in 1992, while doing research towards his dissertation on synesthetic metaphors. After receiving his doctorate in 1995, Day taught Linguistics at Purdue University for two years. In 1997, he took an Associate Professor position at National Central University, in Chungli, Taiwan, where he taught English and Linguistics until 2001; during this time, he continued to maintain the Synesthesia List from Taiwan. In 2001, he moved back to the United States, taking a Visiting Professor position teaching Linguistics at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. In 2003, he took a position on the faculty of Trident Technical College, in Charleston, SC, where he now teaches anthropology. He was instrumental in developing the American Synesthesia Association into a nonprofit organization, assisted in organizing ASA conferences, and served as the ASA President from 2000 to 2016. He has also served on the Board of the Artecittà Foundation as its International Coordinator since 2005. In 2016, he helped form the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists (IASAS), and currently serves as its President. A multiple synesthete himself, he has given talks about synesthesia in numerous different forums around the world, including in Taiwan, Russia, and Spain, and has been featured in documentaries on synesthesia presented in such countries as Australia, Ecuador, Japan, the Netherlands, and the UK, as well as in the US and Canada. His current research interests include music-related synesthesia, rare forms of synesthesia, and “synesthete ethnography” and demographics.
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