Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lili Marlene soon to post a description of the formation of new synaesthesia associations

While watching a video-clip of a newly-released tune by the Wiggles and Leo Sayer "You make me feel like dancing" on Video Hits on TV this morning, I have come to the realization that this song is lime-green coloured, and this synaesthesia association dates back from my childhood, and it is an instance of a type of synaesthesia that is still giving rise to new associations between music and colour in my mind, and because I have witnessed the formation of these new music -> colour synaesthesia associations in adulthood when I have had some knowledge about synaesthesia, I am able to give a description of the conditions that appear to give rise to these new associations. I think this is pretty important stuff with regard to psycho-neurological research, even though I know the idea of a Wiggles song being lime green coloured does seem very childish and more than a little bit ridiculous. Actually I think it may be Leo Sayer's personality that is lime green coloured. It's such a cheerful colour, but a bit hard to take in large doses.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Popular Fads That Influence Australian School Education

Food wowserism - “childhood obesity epidemic” prevention programmes

Learned optimism depression prevention programme (based on the writings of Martin Seligman)

Self-esteem building programmes and activities (What happened to these kids' self-esteem in the first place?)

Cyberbullying prevention programmes

Edward De Bono’s thinking hats

“All Kinds of Minds” – Mel Levine’s theories about learning

And there was I thinking that getting an education is all about understanding concepts, learning skills, mastering self-discipline, memorizing important facts and generally discovering the wonders of the world around us. Silly me!


Saturday, June 21, 2008

If you haven't had a look at my recently added-to list of favourite quotes, you just don't know what you're missing out on.

Quotes that caught Lili’s eye
http://incorrectpleasures.blogspot.com/2006/11/lilis-favourite-quotes-autists-are.html
I have noticed that a reading of the popular volume of autobiography of Janet Frame, An Angel at my Table, is coming up on Monday morning on First Person on ABC Radio National 810am. In 2007 Janet Frame was identified posthumously by a NZ doctor as having had "high-functioning autism", but during her lifetime she had been given the diagnosis of schizophrenia which was later disputed by another doctor during her lifetime.
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/firstperson/stories/2008/2209650.htm

Sunday, June 08, 2008

I’ve got more coherent white matter and increased structural connectivity in my brain. Beat that, buddy!

I’ve got more coherent white matter and increased structural connectivity in my brain. Beat that, buddy!

The neurological basis of individual differences in grapheme-color synaesthesia.

Romke Rouw & Steven Scholte.
Dept. of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Abstract in:
UK Synaesthesia Association
Annual General Meeting and Conference
Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th March, 2008
Provisional Programme.
http://www.brighton-breezy.co.uk/UKSAPROVPROG.pdf

Increased structural connectivity in grapheme-color synesthesia.
Romke Rouw & H Steven Scholte. Nature Neuroscience. June 2007, Volume 10 No 6. p. 792 – 797.
Abstract:
http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v10/n6/abs/nn1906.html
Article:
http://npg.nature.com/neuro/journal/v10/n6/full/nn1906.html
Index to the issue of Nature Neuroscience that contains the article:
http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v10/n6/index.html