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CSA NSW September 2018 event Synaesthesia and Object-colour Knowledge, Wed September 19, 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm start.


Synaesthesia is an unusual phenomenon that is often described as “mixing of the senses”. People with grapheme-colour synaesthesia report colour experiences from letters, numbers and words. These additional colour experiences tend to be consistent over the lifespan and are a vivid part of a synaesthete’s perception. In this talk, I will present some of our newest findings relating synaesthetic experiences to colour processing of non-synaesthetes. One of the questions I will address is whether synaesthesia is similar to object-colour knowledge. For all of us, synaesthetes and non-synaesthetes alike, our knowledge about typical colours of objects (e.g., a banana being yellow) facilitates our recognition of such objects. Is seeing a red banana for a non-synaesthete similar to seeing a letter in the ‘wrong’ colour for a synaesthete?  My work gives insights into how the brain integrates previous knowledge of object-colour with incoming perceptual information and how this relates to the brain mechanisms underlying synaesthesia. - Lina Teichmann


Lina Teichmann is a senior PhD Candidate at Macquarie University under the supervision of Associate Professor Anina Rich. Lina’s current work focuses on how our internal concepts of things around us, like objects, influence the way we perceive incoming information. One of the central questions of her PhD is whether activating conceptual aspects of objects, such as their typical colour, resembles perception. Studying synaesthesia offers a unique opportunity to explore how additional features such as colours are bound to letters. Lina uses a combination of behavioural and brain imaging methods to examine the brain’s representation of colour.



Wednesday September 19, 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm.

Albion Centre, Ground Floor, 349 Crown Street (entry corner of Albion and Crown Streets), Surry Hills. Street parking only. The Albion Centre is a short bus ride or ten-minute walk from Central Station and is extremely well served by bus routes in Crown, Albion and nearby streets.


Pre-booking essential 

Tickets: $30 non-members/ $20 members/ $15 students, including light refreshments.

RSVP Monday September 17.


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