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Is There a Normal Phase of Synaesthesia in Development? <1

Is There a Normal Phase of Synaesthesia in Development? <1,Simon Baron-Cohen

Is There a Normal Phase of Synaesthesia in Development? <1   (Citations: 10)
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Synaesthesia (one sense triggering another) has recently become amenable to scientific investigation. Recent findings are reviewed. Maurer's developmental theory of synaesthesia is then discussed. The theory states that all human neonates have synaesthesia, but that by about 4 months of age the senses have become modularized to the extent that we no longer have synaesthesia. Possible ways of testing this important theory are described, and the distinction between this account and cross-modal matching (Meltzoff) is clarified.
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    • ...to remove such connections at an early age (e.g., Baron-Cohen, 1996; Maurer, 1997)...

    Jamie Wardet al. A comparison of lexical-gustatory and grapheme-colour synaesthesia

    • ...To explain the origin of action capture, we assume that neonates possess amodal (or synesthetic) perception (Baron-Cohen, 1996), in which both exteroception (visual, tactile, etc.) and proprioception (inner feelings produced from body postures and movements) appear in a single space spanned by dimensions such as spatial/temporal frequency, amplitude, and egocentric localization...

    Hideki Kozimaet al. A Robot that Learns to Communicate with Human Caregivers

    • ...One form of this is the controversial phenomenon commonly referred to as synesthesia (Baron-Cohen, Wyke, & Binnie, 1996; Cytowic, 1989, 1995; Marks, 1978; Watkins, 1997)...
    • ...How common are synesthetic experiences in physical environments? Some researchers suggest that synesthesia may be common and normal in the early stages of development (Baron-Cohen et al., 1996)...
    • ...If synesthesia may be commonly experienced in the newborn, it might be induced in the adult brain (Baron-Cohen et al., 1996)...

    Frank Bioccaet al. Visual Touch in Virtual Environments: An Exploratory Study of Presence...

    • ...This raises the possibility that adult synesthetes have retained some pathways/processes that most other members of the population lost during development (e.g. Baron-Cohen, 1996; Maurer, 1997)...

    Noam Sagivet al. Cross-modal interactions: lessons from synesthesia

    • ...To explain the origin of action capture, we assume that neonates possess amodal (or synesthetic) perception [2], in which both exteroception (of visual, tactile, etc.) and proprioception (of inner feelings produced from body postures and movements) appear in a single space spanned by dimensions such as spatial/temporal frequency, amplitude, and egocentric localization...

    Hideki Kozima. Infanoid

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