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bruno laeng: synaesthesia, or the illusions of perception

  • Kulturhuset 3 Youngstorget Oslo, Oslo, 0181 Norway (map)
crossing jordan  © james turrell, all rights reserved   Photo: florian holzherr

crossing jordan© james turrell, all rights reserved
Photo: florian holzherr

Synaesthesia is the ability to experience one sense through another, such as hearing the sound of a trumpet as yellow, or ‘smelling’ poetry like perfume. As well as being a neurological phenomenon, artists such as Vassily Kandinsky and Olivier Messiaen claimed to have had synaesthetic perception and the idea is frequently referred to in works of art, especially music.

This talk by Bruno Laeng surveys the phenomenon of synaesthesia and give some examples of its relationships with the arts and music.

Bruno Laeng is professor in cognitive neuropsychology specialising in topics such as attention, perception and memory in vision and music. He received his BA in experimental psychology from Università La Sapienza (Rome, Italy) and a Ph.D. in biological psychology from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA). He has previously held positions at the University of Bergen, University of Tromsø, University of Guelph and Harvard University, and and he has been a Clinical Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.


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