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    DescriptionA person with synesthesia might feel the flavor of food on her fingertips, sense the letter "J" as shimmering magenta or the number "5" as emerald green, hear and taste her husband's voice as buttery golden brown. Synesthetes rarely talk about their peculiar sensory gift--believing either that everyone else senses the world exactly as they do, or that no one else does. Yet synesthesia occurs in one in twenty people, and is even more common among artists. One famous synesthete was novelist Vladimir Nabokov, who insisted as a toddler that the colors on his wooden alphabet blocks were "all wrong." His mother understood exactly what he meant because she, too, had synesthesia. Nabokov's son Dmitri, who recounts this tale in the afterword to this book, is also a synesthete--further illustrating how synesthesia runs in families. In Wednesday Is Indigo Blue, pioneering researcher Richard Cytowic and distinguished neuroscientist David Eagleman explain the neuroscience and genetics behind synesthesia's multisensory experiences. Because synesthesia contradicted existing theory, Cytowic spent twenty years persuading colleagues that it was a real--and important--brain phenomenon rather than a mere curiosity. Today scientists in fifteen countries are exploring synesthesia and how it is changing the traditional view of how the brain works. Cytowic and Eagleman argue that perception is already multisensory, though for most of us its multiple dimensions exist beyond the reach of consciousness. Reality, they point out, is more subjective than most people realize. No mere curiosity, synesthesia is a window on the mind and brain, highlighting the amazing differences in the way people see the world.

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    Wednesday is Indigo Blue
    Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard E. Cytowic, By (author) David M. Eagleman, Afterword by Dmitri Nabokov
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    ISBN 13: 9780262012799
    ISBN 10: 0262012790

    BIC E4L: PSY
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T17.9
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
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    BIC subject category V2: VSP, JMM
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15340
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: MED057000, PSY020000
    BIC subject category V2: JMRP
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI003000
    DC22: 612.8233
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 612.8/233
    BISAC V2.8: PSY008000
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI089000
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    DC22: 152.189
    LC classification: RC394.S93 C964 2009
    Thema V1.0: JMR, JMM, VSP
    Illustrations note
    83 figures, 4 tables, 83 figures, 4 tables
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    24 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Richard E. Cytowic, M.D., founded Capitol Neurology, a private clinic in Washington, D.C., and teaches at George Washington University Medical Center. He is the author of Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses and The Man Who Tasted Shapes, both published by the MIT Press. David M. Eagleman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Center for Synesthesia Research.
    Review quote
    "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