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An Investigation of Synesthesia

An Investigation of Synesthesia,10.1037/0022-3514.52.5.981,Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,Charles M. Rader,Auke Tellegen

An Investigation of Synesthesia   (Citations: 18)
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This study was designed to investigate relations between synesthesia (the occurrence of imagery in one sense modality in response to sensations in another) and intellectual and personality functioning. Female (N = 204) and male (N = 170) subjects completed a visual-auditory synesthesia battery, paper-and-pencil synesthesia tests, the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ), and a brief intelligence test. The findings indicate generalized and continuously distributed individual differences in the tendency to represent sounds as colors in accordance with empirically derived norms. However, this ability is not related to individual differences in the reported vividness of the associated imagery or to intelligence. A moderate relation was found between vividness measures, particularly vividness of visual images associated with sound, and a tendency to enjoy and become involved in imaginative experiences as measured by the Absorption scale of the MPQ. Contrary to existing beliefs, vividness of synesthetic imagery was not found to be associated with personality dysfunction or with intelligence.
Journal: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology - PSP , vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 981-987, 1987
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