Enhanced divergent creativity and visual-spatial abilities in different types of Synaesthesia

Lunke, Katrin (25 May 2018). Enhanced divergent creativity and visual-spatial abilities in different types of Synaesthesia (Unpublished). In: 13th Annual Meeting Clinical Neuroscience Bern. Bern. 25.05.2018.

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The aim of the present study was to test the relationship between different types of synaesthesia and their involvement in art, creative and visual abilities. We tested 20 grapheme-colour, 18 sound-colour, 20 grapheme-colour-and-sound-colour and 20 sequence-space synaesthetes. We assessed the number of artistic professions amongst synaesthetes, their involvement in art, as well as their abilities in psychometric tests of divergent and convergent creativity, and visual and visual-spatial working memory. Results show a higher prevalence of artists amongst synaesthetes, especially sound-colour synaesthetes. Sound-colour synaesthetes also showed a higher involvement in artistic activities overall, while grapheme-colour and sequence-space synaesthetes showed higher involvement in visual art. Only grapheme-colour-and-sound-colour synaesthetes showed significantly higher abilities in basic creative production. Additionally, synaesthetes overall scored higher in visual-spatial working memory. We conclude that synaesthetes’ higher involvement in art is not necessarily reflected in their basic creative abilities. Moreover, the relationship between visual-spatial abilities and creativity appears to be rather limited.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

Graduate School:

Swiss Graduate School for Cognition, Learning and Memory (SGS-CLM)

UniBE Contributor:

Lunke, Katrin


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology


[42] Schweizerischer Nationalfonds




Katrin Lunke

Date Deposited:

22 May 2019 15:20

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05 Dec 2022 15:25





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