Multisensory Consciousness and Synesthesia

Authored by: Berit Brogaard , Elijah Chudnoff

The Routledge Handbook Of Consciousness

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138936218
eBook ISBN: 9781315676982
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315676982-25

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Abstract

Suppose you hear your colleague Magdalena speak with someone in the hallway while you are reading a paper on your computer in your office. In the envisaged scenario, you have an auditory experience of the sounds coming from Magdalena’s mouth and a visual experience of the graphemes on your computer screen. These two experiences are constituent parts of the total sensory experience you currently have. They are not integrated in any substantial sense. They merely co-exist as constituents of your total experience. That is, the two states are not integrated in a way more substantial than the way any two co-conscious states are integrated into a total experience at a time.

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