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Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia Paperback – September 30, 2011
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No one has done more than Richard Cytowic and David Eagleman to bring a careful neuroscientific attention to synesthesia, grounded in decades of research and reports from thousands of patients. Their work has changed the way we think of the human brain, and Wednesday Is Indigo Blue is a unique and indispensable guide for anyone interested in how we perceive the world.(Oliver Sachs)
A fascinating survey of the enormous variety and creativity of the synaesthetic mind.(Daniel Tammet, synesthete and author of Born on a Blue Day)
Filled with detailed tables, clarifying illustrations, and instructive chapters, this title, which includes an afterword by Nabokov's son Dmitri (also a synesthete), should be required reading for teachers and anyone who works with children.(Library Journal)
This is a clear, clever book that will appeal to synaesthetes in search of explanations, and to all with a passion for neurology's wild territory.(Liz Else New Scientist)
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David M. Eagleman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Center for Synesthesia Research.
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Not only is it full of scientific and anecdotal evidence for the condition, it is also highly readable, features eye-popping graphics and rings true for those of us who experience the condition.
With an afterword by Dmitri Nabokov and a rare interview with artist David Hockney (both synesthetes) those who appreciate both the sciences and the arts will find something to love here.
In the spirit of Dr. Oliver Sacks, their empathy and caring for their subjects shines through with great humanity.
This book is a very formal description of synethestic phenomena, but still accessible to general readers. I didn't find the first part of the book, in which the various kinds of synthestic experiences are described in detail, particularly engaging, but others, especially those who experience synesthesia themselves may be reassured in finding that synesthesia is indeed a recognized and normal part of the human experience for many people. I found the last part of the book, in which the authors describe the varying theories behind synesthesia quite informative and thought-provoking. The authors argue that "synesthesia is a latent capacity in everyone." They remind us that seeing is a matter of perception in the brain, not a direct reflection of the physical environment.Read more ›
Richard Cytowic and David Eagleman's "Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia" is a great read for anyone interested in learning about synesthesia and synesthetic experiences. The book is well structured, and filled with examples and testimonials from individuals with various forms of synesthesia. In addition to the entertaining and informative stories, the book also covers the current state of research in the field of synesthesia; from protocols used to tease out the differences between the synesthetic and nonsynesthetic brain to theories of how and why some brains develop synesthesia while others do not.
The book begins with an anecdote to convey the view of synesthesia from the inside perspective and open the reader's mind. There is no way of confirming that the reality you experience is the same as your neighbor's reality. In fact, abnormal experiences, such as those experienced by synesthetes, prove to us that this is not the case. Delving into such extraordinary cases can teach us many things about the brain that we would not otherwise uncover. For this reason, the study of synesthesia is valuable, and will continue to expand as we gain a deeper understanding of how we perceive the world in which we live.
The first chapter of the book explains difficulties with establishing an accurate prevalence of synesthesia. Individuals that have synesthesia have always had synesthesia, and generally assume that everyone else perceives the world in the same way, much as nonsynesthetes do. When they discover that is not the case, they often switch extremes, believing that nobody experiences what they experience.Read more ›
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My 12 yo dd with very active synesthesia found this book very interesting.Published 3 months ago by Cider Hill
Really well written and informative. Just learning about this with my daughter and this was really helpful!Published 5 months ago by Rob Thorndyke
In "Wednesday Is Indigo Blue", researchers Richard E. Cytowic, MD and David M. Eagleman, PhD introduce readers to the neurological phenomenon of synesthesia, in which a person may... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mirasreviews
"In synesthesia two or more senses are automatically and involuntarily coupled such that a voice, for example, is not only heard, but additionally felt, seen, or tasted. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ama Su Nilia
Very understandable definition of the condition of synesthesia. Gave me a huge insight into how I think and how others may perceive the world also. Read morePublished 20 months ago by TimWatercolors
This book is very informative about synesthetes, a condition I have only learned about recently. I wanted more information about specifics and this book delivers!Published on January 7, 2014 by M. Iiames
clinical student here - i don't have synesthesia (though i do wish i did after reading this!) but i've always loved psychology and "fringe" fields of... Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Kyle Johnson