September 14, 2010

Synesthesia Conference Set for Oct. 1-3 at Vanderbilt

A conference on synesthesia will bring together psychologists, neuroscientists and artists at Vanderbilt University’s Wilson Hall Oct. 1-3 to discuss the latest information about what is described by some as a unique “sixth sense.”

As described by conference presenter Lynn Good, “Synesthesia is a peculiar neurological phenomenon that occurs when two senses combine. For example, seeing the colors of words, letters, and music or feeling the shapes of tastes and smells are types of synesthesia.”

In addition to presentations by psychologists and neuroscientists conducting research on synesthesia, the conference will feature presentations by “synesthetes” or individuals with synesthesia who will discuss how it informs their work in various fields including art and photography.

Randolph Blake, Centennial Professor of Psychology, and Edward Hubbard, a post-doctoral fellow in psychology and human and organizational development, are hosting the conference with support from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development and the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center.

The conference is the eighth annual conference of the American Synesthesia Association. Registration and a registration fee are required. For more information and to register, visit http://synesthesia.info.