Psychophysiological evidence for the genuineness of swimming-style colour synaesthesia

Rothen, Nicolas; Nikolić, Danko; Jürgens, Uta Maria; Mroczko-Wąsowicz, Aleksandra; Cock, Josephine; Meier, Beat (2013). Psychophysiological evidence for the genuineness of swimming-style colour synaesthesia. Consciousness and cognition, 22(1), pp. 35-46. Elsevier 10.1016/j.concog.2012.11.005

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Recently, swimming-style colour synaesthesia was introduced as a new form of synaesthesia. A synaesthetic Stroop test was used to establish its genuineness. Since Stroop interference can occur for any type of overlearned association, in the present study we used a modified Stroop test and psychophysiological synaesthetic conditioning to further establish the genuineness of this form of synaesthesia. We compared the performance of a swimming-style colour synaesthete and a control who was trained on swimming-style colour associations. Our results showed that behavioural aspects of swimming-style colour synaesthesia can be mimicked in a trained control. Importantly, however, our results showed a psychophysiological conditioning effect for the synaesthete only. We discuss the theoretical relevance of swimming-style colour synaesthesia according to different models of synaesthesia. We conclude that swimming-style colour synaesthesia is a genuine form of synaesthesia, can be mimicked behaviourally in non-synaesthetes, and is best explained by a re-entrant feedback model.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM)
UniBE Contributor: Rothen, Nicolas; Cock, Josephine and Meier, Beat
Subjects: 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
ISSN: 1053-8100
Publisher: Elsevier
Language: English
Submitter: Anna Maria Ruprecht
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2014 11:41
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2015 10:39
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2012.11.005
PubMed ID: 23247309
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.54146
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/54146

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