Abstract - Miri Mineh

This paper explores the phenomenon of synesthesia; a neurological condition that arises when stimulation in one sensory modality evokes an additional perceptual experience in another sensory modality. It is argued that synesthesia can be viewed as a normal mode of cognition that remains latent in most individuals. The findings that support this claim include the presence of synesthesia in both altered states of consciousness, and all human infants. After close examination of the cognitive and neurological mechanisms that give rise to a synesthetic experience, the claim can be made that we are all born with the ability to be synesthetes. To further consolidate this claim, this paper examines various findings that explicate how the normal brain can be induced to elicit a synesthetic experience among non-synesthetes.

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