Thursday, October 11, 2012

Synaesthesia, not hallucination

I noticed that there's an account of a synaesthete who lost her tickertape synaesthesia as a result of a brain injury, then missed it, and later regained it in one of the reviews of a new book by Oliver Sacks:

I find it a bit troubling that tickertape is given the term "hallucination" and discussed as though it is a worry, when in fact it is harmless synaesthesia. Now I'm curious about whether or not synaesthesia is covered in Sack's upcoming book titled "Hallucinations", and if it is, how is it categorized. I'm also wondering how a book due out next month can already have so many reviews at Amazon. 

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