Synesthesia: An Experience of the Third Kind?

  • Ophelia DeroyEmail author
Part of the Studies in Brain and Mind book series (SIBM, volume 6)


What is it like to have a synesthetic experience? Most synesthetes have stressed “having trouble putting into words some of the things (they) experience” as if they had to explain “red to a blind person or middle-C to a deaf person”. The current definition of synesthesia as a condition in which “stimulation in one sensory or cognitive stream leads to associated experiences in a second, unstimulated stream” leaves the question open: What do these ‘associated experiences’ consist in?


Perceptual Experience Visual Experience Mental Imagery Visual Imagery Conscious State 
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This research has been conducted thanks to the European Commission FP7 programme (IEF, 4CB). Thanks to Richard Brown and Fiona Macpherson for comments and suggestions on this material.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Study of the Senses, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced StudyUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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