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What color is Tuesday? Exploring synesthesia - Richard E. Cytowic

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How does one experience synesthesia -- the neurological trait that combines two or more senses? Synesthetes may taste the number 9 or attach a color to each day of the week. Richard E. Cytowic explains the fascinating world of entangled senses and why we may all have just a touch of synesthesia.

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Additional Resources for you to Explore
Can you teach yourself synesthesia (“The Fallible Mind” blog at Psychology Today)?
Cytowic's lecture at the Library of Congress: “Music and the Brain: How Synesthesia Affects Creativity
The Hirshhorn Museum gallery talk during the exhibit, “Visual Music.”
Here's Richard Cytowic's website.
Are you interested in some books to learn more about synesthesia?
Are you a visual synesthete? Take the test!
Excerpt from Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia (click on “Click to look inside”)
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  • Artist Celeste Lai
  • Animator Lisa LaBracio
  • Educator Richard E. Cytowic
  • Narrator Richard E. Cytowic

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