Synesthesia for color is linked to improved color perception but reduced motion perception

Banissy, Michael J., Tester, Victoria, Muggleton, Neil G., Janik, Agnieszka B., Davenport, Aimee, Franklin, Anna, Walsh, Vincent, and Ward, Jamie (2013) Synesthesia for color is linked to improved color perception but reduced motion perception. Psychological Science, 24 (12). pp. 2390-2397.

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Synesthesia is a rare condition in which one property of a stimulus (e.g., shape) triggers a secondary percept (e.g., color) not typically associated with the first. Work on synesthesia has predominantly focused on confirming the authenticity of synesthetic experience, but much less research has been conducted to examine the extent to which synesthesia is linked to broader perceptual differences. In the research reported here, we examined whether synesthesia is associated with differences in color and motion processing by comparing these abilities in synesthetes who experience color as their evoked sensation with nonsynesthetic participants. We show that synesthesia for color is linked to facilitated color sensitivity but decreased motion sensitivity. These findings are discussed in relation to the neurocognitive mechanisms of synesthesia and interactions between color and motion processing in typical adults.

Item ID: 43031
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-9280
Keywords: color perception, perception, motion perception
Funders: British Academy, European Research Council (ERC), Medical Research Council, UK
Projects and Grants: British Academy pf100123, ERC 283605, Medical Research Council G0700929
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 00:27
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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