Coloured sensations, visualised sensations

These terms have been used been used to refer to the following types of synesthesia: 

Auditory-visual synesthesia and chromesthesia

Algesic-visual synesthesia (pain-colour/pain-shape)

Tactile-visual and touch-colour synesthesia 

Gustatory-visual and taste-colour synesthesia 

Olfactory-visual and smell-colour synesthesia

Novich, Cheng and Eagleman used the term “colored sensations” in their research study Is synaesthesia one condition or many? A large-scale analysis reveals subgroups (2011), considering it to be one of the five main synesthetic clusters, and Jamie Ward also talks about it in his study “Synesthesia” (2021), where he says:

“Visualized sensations to sounds, pain, touch, taste, and smell not only tend to consist of concurrent experiences of color, but also have elements of shape, movement, and texture. That is, it is more of an abstract-animated spectacle that unfolds with the inducer itself (i.e., as it shifts in intensity or quality). There is some evidence that these putatively different kinds of synesthesia tend to group together as a subtype (Novich et al., 2011).”

This page first published: 14 July 2022

This page last updated: 11 April 2024

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