Lexical-Gustatory Synesthesia

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Title

Lexical-Gustatory Synesthesia

Subject

Synesthesia
Lexical-gustatory synesthesia

Description

Lexical to gustatory synesthesia is one of the rarer types of synesthesia. The synesthete with lexical to gustatory synesthesia experiences specific flavors associated with particular spoken or heard words and phonemes. It has also been reported that these synesthetes sometimes associate temperatures with words. Research suggests that this type of synesthesia begins with early food experiences, and tastes are often triggered by a corresponding food name, e.g., "apple" tastes like apple (Simner & Ward, 2006). For some synesthetes, simply thinking about a trigger word will produce its flavor. While flavors often appear for phonemes as well, they tend not to be as predictable or as intense as trigger words (Ward, et al., 2005). Some lexical-gustatory synesthetes even experience flavors semantically, wherein (for example) the word "blue" tastes "inky" or "shell" tastes "shiny".

Creator

Synesthesia Digital Library

Contributor

Rights

Lexical-Gustatory © Jon Stich 2012

Identifier

SDL 016

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Citation

Synesthesia Digital Library, “Lexical-Gustatory Synesthesia ,” Synesthesia Digital Library, accessed March 23, 2017, http://sdl.granthazard.com/items/show/6.

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