Author Archives: Richard Cytowic

Color Music Synaesthesia & Metaphor

I gave a lecture on metaphor and synesthesia before each performance of “Sound and Colour,” a concert of 24 Scriabin preludes, Op. 11 by Art of Time Ensemble. The Toronto concert featured an immersive color–field experience crafted by lighting designer … Continue reading

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Is Screen Use Turning Your Brain to Mush?

Phones, tablets, TVs, and wearables may be slowly deadening your mind.   Cross posted at The Fallible Mind, my Psychology Today blog. Twenty years ago the internet was in its infancy. Hardly anyone had it in their homes, and the … Continue reading

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Synesthesia: A New Book in the “Essential Knowledge” series by MIT Press

An accessible, concise primer on the neurological trait of synesthesia — vividly felt sensory couplings — by a founder of the field. Continue reading

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Some People Can See Sound, or Taste Color. Does It Make Them More Creative?

What if you could visualize the crescendo of an orchestra as a barrage of color and texture, like something out of the Disney movie Fantasia? Or if observing a rippling stream caused your brain to reverberate with the musical notes of a cello? Continue reading

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Good Mood, Bad Mood? Blame the Bacteria You Eat

“You are what you eat,” has never seemed truer. Continue reading

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Exhibition and Talk: What is the taste of the color blue?

Marcos Lutyens and I built an interactive tactile sculpture at the Building Bridges Art Exchange as part of a symposium by the International Association of Synesthetes, Artists, and Scientists, in conjunction with UCLA’s Art|Sci Gallery. Continue reading

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The Ways Forgetting Makes You Smarter

Wiping away dated or irrelevant facts clears the way for new learning. Continue reading

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Four Ways to More Restful Sleep

A routine built around the senses makes it easy to always wake up refreshed. Continue reading

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Why Advertising Falls Flat in Individuals With Autism

Individuals with autism may be impervious to misleading marketing. Mental differences are often considered weaknesses, but autism may not be entirely a disability. Continue reading

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There Is a New Link Between Screen-Time and Autism

Don’t expect boys to “grow out of” their obsession with screens. Continue reading

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Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Answering questions you would never have thought to ask, Charles Spence reveals how eating and taste have everything to do with the brain and almost nothing to do with the tongue. Continue reading

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Can You Hear What You See? More So Than You Imagine

Some forms of synesthesia are shockingly common. Continue reading

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The Fortune Teller: A Novel

Another tale by Womack that can’t be put down. Superb storytelling. Rounded characters. Stakes worth killing—or dying—for. This is summer reading for every season. Continue reading

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A Semantic Survey of Emotions

What are your thoughts about orange? Is magenta fast or listless? Continue reading

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Reality Lies Beyond What We Can Perceive

Objective reality is an illusion: we re-construct the world around ourselves. Continue reading

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