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Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness$
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David J. Bennett and Christopher S. Hill

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027786

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027786.001.0001

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Can Blue Mean Four?

Can Blue Mean Four?

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(p.151) 7 Can Blue Mean Four?
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Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness
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Jennifer Matey

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027786.003.0007

In this chapter Jennifer Mateydraws on a special variety of number-color synesthesia to argue that ‘high-level’ properties can be perceptually represented. A small subset of number-color synesthetes seem to have a heightened ability to perform mental arithmetic in virtue of their synesthesia. Matey argues that only the view that synesthete savants visually experience numerical graphemes (such as ‘4’) to have numerical values can account for the role of synesthesia in facilitating their performance of mental arithmetic.

Keywords:   Synesthesia, Perceptual content, Representation, color, High-level properties, Vision, Consciousness

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