Food & Paper: Musical Synaesthesia (Laeng)
Professor in cognitive neuropsychology Bruno Laeng at RITMO will give a talk on musical synaesthesia.
Professor Bruno Laeng
Synaesthesia is a phenomenon where a current sensation or perception of something evokes the sensation or image of something else that is not there. It is a systematic, automatic, and highly idiosyncratic experience. Common forms involve spatial images and colors. Although not the most frequent type, a relatively common form of synaesthesia is linked to music (e.g., pitch -> color). Interestingly, many well-known musicians and composers are synaesthetes (or would like to be).
Bruno Laeng is professor in cognitive neuropsychology. Bachelor in experimental psychology from Universitá La Sapienza (Roma, Italia) and Ph.D. in biological psychology from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA). He has previously held positions at the University of Bergen, University of Tromsø, University of Guelph (Canada), Harvard University (USA) and he has been a Clinical Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (USA). He is currently faculty member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion (RITMO). In 2018 he has been called to be a member of The Norwegian Academy of Science (Humanities and Social Sciences Division). Laeng's "neurotree" and Google Scholar profile.
Recording from the Zoom session.