Visualised voices: A case study of audio-visual synaesthesia

Fernay, Louise, Reby, David and Ward, Jamie (2012) Visualised voices: A case study of audio-visual synaesthesia. Neurocase, Jun 27. ISSN 1355-4794

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We report a single case study of a synesthete (PS) who has complex visual experiences from sounds, including human voices. Different vowel sounds from different speakers and modified to be of different pitch (f0) were presented to PS and controls who were asked to draw an (abstract) visual image of the sound noting colors, sizes, and locations. PS tended to be more consistent over time than controls. For both PS and controls, the pitch of the vowel influenced the choice of luminance (higher pitch being lighter) and vertical position (higher pitch being higher in space). However, the gender of the speaker influenced the size of the 'image' independently of pitch (vowels from males being larger).

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: David Reby
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:31
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2013 15:31
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