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p. 433. Synaesthesia and the artslocked

  • Julia Simner

Abstract

‘Synaesthesia and the arts’ considers the link between synaesthesia, art, and creativity, discussing some key questions: is there an intrinsic beauty in the artwork created by synaesthetes that could make it inherently attractive to all people? Are synaesthetes able to tap into aesthetic beauty in some kind of privileged way? Are synaesthetes more creative than the average person, and do they engage more often in artistic pursuits? It discusses the diagnostic test for synaesthesia and why it is that some people incorrectly claim to have synaesthesia and why others do not report it. Having synaesthesia does bring a creative streak to the personality, and synaesthetes are significantly more likely to follow artistic careers than the average person.

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