Domain-specific working memory advantage in synaesthetes

Lunke, Katrin; Walter, Stefan; Meier, Beat (21 July 2016). Domain-specific working memory advantage in synaesthetes (Unpublished). In: 6th International Conference on Memory (ICOM-6). Budapest, Hungary. 17.07.-22.07.2016.

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Synaesthesia is a phenomenon in which the perception of a distinct stimulus, called inducer-for instance a letter or sound-elicits a concurrent sensation, often a coloured experience. Past studies have shown better memory performance for synaesthetes compared to non-synaesthetes. Differences in the cognitive system, during encoding or retrieval in the domains of the inducer or the concurrent may explain this benefit. We tested four groups of synaesthetes (grapheme-colour, sound-colour, grapheme-and-sound-colour and sequence-space-synaesthetes) and four matched control groups. Participants completed a visually presented numeral working memory task. The results show a significantly higher performance of sequence-space-synaesthetes and a numerically higher performance of grapheme-colour-synaesthetes. This argues for a working memory advantage for stimuli of the domain that elicits the synaesthetic experience.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health

Graduate School:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Lunke, Katrin, Walter, Stefan Markus, Meier, Beat


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Katrin Lunke

Date Deposited:

21 Jun 2017 10:19

Last Modified:

29 Mar 2023 23:35




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