Seeking research participants...

Would you like to take part in research? Here are some studies that are looking for participants.

Uploaded 16 July 2021

Opened: July 2021. Still open

Looking for: Synesthetes and non-synesthetes, especially if you have had COVID-19 (but participants who have not had it are also accepted)

Persistent COVID-19 Effects on Chemical Senses in Synesthetic and Non-Synesthetic Populations

For: Survey

Type of research: Collecting data on the relation between COVID-19 symptoms and synesthetic experiences

Based at: Texas Lutheran University, USA

Researchers: Linden Williamson, Elissa Avila

More info: “Hi! I am a researcher at Texas Lutheran University working on a synesthesia research team! Currently, I am collecting data on the relation between COVID-19 symptoms and synesthetic experiences. This survey is open to everyone and not just people with synesthesia. 

Subjects can expect to take ~15-20 minutes filling out the survey, depending on their response times. If willing to participate, please fill out the consent form before answering the survey questions! Thank you!”

Link to survey

Uploaded 14 July 2021

Opened: 2015 (ongoing study)

Looking for: Synesthetes with other synesthete family members. People with grapheme-colour synesthesia and other types. 

Investigating the genetic basis of synaesthesia

For: DNA sequencing in families to search for relevant gene variants. Also recruiting large numbers of unrelated synesthetes for genome-wide screening.

Type of research: Synesthesia genetics research project

Based at: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Researchers: Simon E. Fisher, Amanda Tilot

More info: "We are applying the latest genomic methods to search for molecular genetic clues and to investigate overlaps with other brain-related traits. Our work includes next-generation DNA sequencing in extended families where multiple relatives are synaesthetic, across successive generations, to search for rare gene variants that could have large effects on the trait. In a complementary approach, we are recruiting large numbers of unrelated people with synaesthesia, to support genome-wide association screening.

In the Language and Genetics Department, we are interested in finding the genetic basis of synaesthesia. Our synaesthesia research program has two branches - a smaller study focused on families with many synaesthetes, and a large main study looking at unrelated people with synaesthesia. The two branches help us to understand synaesthesia genetics from different perspectives.

Family study: If you think your family might be a good fit for our synaesthesia families project, please email us at It's ok if your family members have different types of synaesthesia!

Large grapheme-colour study: Our large study focuses on grapheme-colour synaesthesia. The tests ask you to choose the colour that you associate with Letters/Numbers, Weekdays, or Months. You do not have to travel to participate. All parts can be completed from home, anywhere in the world!

Link: Project website

Information sheet for participants

Uploaded 6 July 2021

Looking for: people who have Chromesthesia, or Music-Colour Synesthesia, especially artists/musicians

An Investigation for the use of a Synaesthetic Model for Arts Based Practice.”

Opened: June 2021. Still open but closing soon!

Format: Survey and Listening Test (online)

Type of research: Masters degree thesis.

Based at: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Music & Media Technologies Department.

Researchers: Matt Winston. Maura McDonnell

More info: “If you have visual experiences of colour when listening to music then your participation in this study would be of great help. The study involves a listening test and takes just over 20 mins to complete. I'd really appreciate anyone who could partake in the test as it will really help out not only my own research, but could potentially help Synesthesia and arts research in the future. Thanks!”

Link to listening test and survey: here


Uploaded 6 July 2021

Looking for: Instrumentalists, i.e. people who are proficient at playing one or more musical instruments. Synaesthetes and non-synaesthetes welcome.

Opened: February 2021. NOW CLOSED.

PhD study - Music-Colour Synaesthesia: Sensorimotor Features and Synaesthetic Experience

Format: Survey and listening test (online)

Type of research: PhD study.

Based at: Department of Music, University of Sheffield, UK

Researcher: Caroline Curwen

More info: This study explores the different images and associations that come to mind when listening to music. Part 1: takes 10 minutes and collects some general demographics and information about your musical background. Part 2: takes 30 minutes and asks you to report on your experiences of 12 musical excerpts.

Link: For more information go to Sheffield University Music Mind Machine: here  Or just go straight to Part One here to start straight away!

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