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‘Synesthesia’ for July Shop Talk

Jul 13, 2018
Dr. Richard Cytowic

Belfast — The downtown Old Professor’s Bookshop invites the public to this month’s Shop Talk by neuroscientist author and lecturer Dr. Richard Cytowic Saturday, July 21, at 3 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

His new book, “Synesthesia” from MIT Press, is an accessible, concise primer on the neurological trait of synesthesia — vividly felt sensory couplings. Earlier books are “Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses,” “The Man who Tasted Shapes” and “Wednesday is Indigo Blue.”

Cytowic will describe the phenomenon and mention famous synesthete artists, composers and musicians. Synesthesia is not a disorder, but rather an extra trait like perfect pitch.

“Might evolution keep synesthesia prevalent at 4 percent of the population because it underlies the neural basis of metaphor and makes us more creative as a species?” is among Dr. Cytowic’s intriguing inquiries.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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