Redefining Synaesthesia

December 12, 2011
Institute of Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Senate House, Room 349
Malet St
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom


Michael Banissy
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Noam Sagiv
Brunel University
Charles Spence
Oxford University
Devine Terhume
Oxford University

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There has been renewed interest in issues related to the definition and theory of synaesthesia. Is synaesthesia really sensory or does it rest on higher-level associations? Is it a unified condition, or should we recognise distinct kinds of synaesthesia? How do specific cases – like mirror-touch synaesthesia or linguistic personification – fit in the traditional definitions? What are the links, if any, between synaesthesia and normal perception, noticeably with canonical forms of multisensory interactions and other patterns of crossmodal correspondences? What did we learn from neuro-imagery or large scale studies, and what has synaesthesia to teach us about perception or consciousness? The goal of the conference is to bring together psychologists and philosophers of mind interested in the unity and definition of synaesthesia, and to see what it teaches us about perception or conscious experience in general.


10.00-10.30 Coffee and Registration

10.30-12.00 Noam Sagiv (Brunel, London)

Reconceptualising Synaesthesia

Commentary: Mark Kalderon (UCL)

12.00-1.30 Devin Terhume (Experimental Psychology, Oxford)

Congenital and Crossmodal Synaesthesia

Commentary: Mohan Matthen (Toronto & IP, London)  

1.30-2.30 Lunch Break (own arrangements)

2.30-4.00 Charles Spence (Oxford, Crossmodal Research Laboratory), Ophelia Deroy (IP, London) & Cesare Parise (Oxford, Crossmodal Research Laboratory)

Crossmodal correspondences & Synaesthesia: Similarities & Differences

Commentary: Matt Nudds (Edinburgh)  

4.00-4.30 Tea break

4.30-6.00 Michael Banissy (Goldsmiths, London)

Experiencing touch through observation: Mirror-touch synaesthesia

Commentary: Frederique de Vignemont (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris) 


To register please email your name with “Synaesthesia 12 Dec” as the subject header to [email protected] In the message, please state your fees category (staff and students should indicate their department and/or course). Fees will be taken at the conference venue and you will only be contacted in advance if there is a query with your registration.

FEES (includes teas):

None: Current Faculty (full-time) and Students of University of London Philosophy Departments, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Wellcome Institute and individual members of Institute of Philosophy

£10: Other UK Philosophy Department staff and students

£25: Standard

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