Temporal dissociation of neural activity underlying synesthetic and perceptual colors

Lina Teichmann*, Tijl Grootswagers, Denise Moerel, Thomas A. Carlson, Anina N. Rich

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Grapheme-color synesthetes experience color when seeing achromatic symbols. We examined whether similar neural mechanisms underlie color perception and synesthetic colors using magneto-encephalography. Classification models trained on neural activity from viewing colored stimuli could distinguish synesthetic color evoked by achromatic symbols after a delay of ∼100 ms. Our results provide an objective neural signature for synesthetic experience and temporal evidence consistent with higher-level processing in synesthesia.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2020434118
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2021

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  • synesthesia
  • MEG
  • MVPA
  • color


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