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.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Neuroscience and Social Psychology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM)

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Rothen, Nicolas, Cock, Josephine, Meier, Beat


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Anna Maria Ruprecht Künzli

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