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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0262532557
ISBN-13: 9780262532556
Sku: 33843784
Publish Date: 9/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.75T
Pages:  296
Age Range:  26 to UP
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Uncovers the strange medical mystery of synesthesia, a condition in which people can taste shapes or hear and smell colors, and suggests that everyone has synesthetic powers. *Author: Cytowic, Richard E./ Cole, Jonathan (FRW) *Series Title: Bradford Books *Publication Date: 2003/09/01 *Number of Pages: 268 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.00
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Richard Cytowic's dinner host apologized, "There aren't enough points on the chicken!" He felt flavor also as a physical shape in his hands, and the chicken had come out "too round." This offbeat comment in 1980 launched Cytowic's exploration into the oddity called synesthesia. He is one of the few world authorities on the subject.

Sharing a root with anesthesia ("no sensation"), synesthesia means "joined sensation," whereby a voice, for example, is not only heard but also seen, felt, or tasted. The trait is involuntary, hereditary, and fairly common. It stayed a scientific mystery for two centuries until Cytowic's original experiments led to a neurological explanation—and to a new concept of brain organization that accentuates emotion over reason.

That chicken dinner two decades ago led Cytowic to explore a deeper reality that, he argues, exists in everyone but is often just below the surface of awareness (which is why finding meaning in our lives can be elusive). In this medical detective adventure, Cytowic shows how synesthesia, far from being a mere curiosity, illuminates a wide swath of mental life and leads to a new view of what is means to be human—a view that turns upside down conventional ideas about reason, emotional knowledge, and self-understanding.

This 2003 edition features a new afterword.

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0296
Product attributePublisher:   Bradford Book
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