The co-occurrence of mirror-touch with other types of synaesthesia

Ward, Jamie (2019) The co-occurrence of mirror-touch with other types of synaesthesia. Perception, 48 (11). pp. 1146-1152. ISSN 0301-0066

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People with mirror-touch synaesthesia report tactile experiences on their body when seeing other people touched. Although this has been referred to as a type of synaesthesia, it is unknown whether it co-occurs with more commonly accepted variants of synaesthesia (e.g. grapheme-colour). If it did, then this would imply a common or partly shared causal mechanism. To this end, a sample of verified grapheme-colour synaesthetes (N=80) were given a recently developed online diagnostic measure of mirror-touch. The prevalence in this group (~20%) was around 10 times higher than the general population. Moreover, performance on this measure was significantly related to the self-report of mirror-touch given, on average, three years earlier.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mirror-touch; synaesthesia/synaesthesia; colour/color; prevalence
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Sanjeedah Choudhury
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2019 14:42
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2019 14:00

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