Synaesthesia and Cross-Modal Perception
Conference Programme

Please find a draft programme indicating general conference timings.

Thursday 21st April

   Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery click here for location
Time:       6pm

Public Lecture, in conjunction with Science Gallery, sponsored by Movidius
Prof. Amir Amedi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"Restoring Functions Lost In Damaged Senses and Creating New Senses"
Click here to learn more about the speaker or visit


Friday 22nd April & Saturday 23rd April - Main Conference Days

Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Lloyd Building, LB11


Oral presentations will be 15 minutes each, with 3 minutes for questions. 

Session 1

Presenter                             University                                                Topic/Subject

Laura Herman

Princeton University

Frequency-Based Synesthetic Associations between Letters and Colors

Jennifer Mankin

University of Sussex

A is for Apple: the influence of words and meaning on grapheme-colour trends

Tessa van Leeuwen

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University

Color associations in nonsynaesthetes and synaesthetes: A large-scale study in Dutch

Katie Bankieris

University of Rochester

Explicit and Implicit Learning in Synesthetes

Sandra Hoffmann Robbiani

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

Multidimensional Matrices to Classify the Visual Properties of Represented Ordinal and Spatial Sequences: THE DESIGN PROCESS

Session 2

Presenter                University                                                            Topic/Subject

Dyedra Just

University of Oxford

Was Kandinsky a synaesthete? Evidence from his own writings and the psychological and philosophical literature of his time.

Carrie Firman

Edgewood College

Comparing with Kandinsky: Color-Personality Synesthesia in Art and Graphic Design

Eduardo Lima

Sistema Toronto - Toronto Catholic District School Board

Synesthetic incongruence and music perception in early stages of music education

Svetlana Rudenko

RIAM, University of Granada

Musical-Space Synesthesia: Image Processing and Space/Time Organisation of Musical Texture

Christine Söffing

Synaesthesiewerkstatt & Musisches Zentrum Universität Ulm

The sounds of scents and pink music; Synaesthesia as a tool to create compositons and sound-installations

Session 3

Presenter                University                                                          Topic/Subject

Jared Medina

University of Delaware

The body schema and mirror-touch synesthesia: Posture and perspective

Carol Steen, Noam Sagiv

Touro College and University System

Synesthestic and Hypnogogic Imagery, a Comparison

Session 4

Presenter           University                                                                  Topic/Subject

Candita Wager

UC Berkeley

Synesthetically Speaking: Synesthesia and the Missing Link to Mood Disorders

Duncan Carmichael

University of Sussex

The Health of Synaesthetes: What conditions are co-morbid with synaesthesia?

James Hughes

University of Sussex

Synaesthesia and prodigious talent: what is the link between synaesthesia, autism and savant syndrome?

Krish Sathian

Emory University School of Medicine

What is the relationship between cross-modal correspondences and synesthesia?

Jamie Ward

University of Sussex

Does Synaesthesia Protect Against Age-related Memory Decline?

Session 5

Presenter             University                                                                Topic/Subject

Isabel Arend

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Behavioral and neural correlates of task-irrelevant numbers in number-space synaesthesia

Giovanni Di Liberto

Trinity College Dublin

Modelling the cortical representation of auditory and visual speech features in low-frequency EEG

Nicolas Rothen

University of Bern

Neural, behavioural, and phenomenological changes in training-induced synaesthesia

Francesca Farina

Maynooth University

Synaesthesia lost and found: Two cases of people- and music-colour synaesthesia.

Jason Chan

University College Cork

Predicting Age using Multisensory Integration




Session 6

Presenter                 University                                                                Topic/Subject

Michael Haverkamp

Ford Werke GmbH

Multi-Sensory Design and Synaesthesia – Current and Future Approaches

Elliot Freeman

City University London

Hearing through your eyes: modulation of the visually-evoked auditory response by transcranial electrical stimulation

Frank Schumann

Université Paris Descartes_Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception

Can an artificial ‘feel of North’ change the perception of space? Preliminary psychophysical evidence from a novel device: the hearSpace app


Posters should be A0 in size and in portrait format

Poster Group 1: Friday 22nd April

Presenter                 University                                        Topic/Subject

Guilherme Bragança

Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais

Emotions and synesthetic perceptions elicited by music

Anna Mas-Casadesús

The University of Edinburgh

Cross-modal selective attention in synaesthetes: Evidence for better filtering abilities

Yi-Chuan Chen

University of Oxford

The shapes of “Bouba” and “Kiki”: Using radial frequency patterns to characterize the sound-shape correspondence

Brendan Cullen

Trinity College Dublin

An examination of discrimination, categorisation and aesthetic judgments across visual and haptic domains.

Denis Drennan

Trinity College Dublin

The Effects of Visual and Tactile Integration on Auditory Perception in Complex Acoustic Environments

Daniel J. Finnegan

University of Bath/Somethin' Else Sound Directions Ltd.

Crossmodal Distance Cue Integration in Synaesthetes

Giles Hamilton-Fletcher

University of Sussex

Synaestheatre: Using Synaesthesia to optimise the design of Sensory Substitution Devices

Rebecca Ovalle Fresa

University of Berne

Blue bananas: development of a task to investigate the representation of synaesthetic experiences

Amandine Gnaedinger

Paris Sud University, CNRS

Smell's melody: electrophysiological study of the multisensory interactions between sounds and odors

CC Hart


Cross Modal Perception and Career: A massage therapist’s perspective on mirror-touch synaesthesia in the practice of manual therapy




Pik Ki Ho

Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin

Aesthetic preferences for face are modulated by both form and motion.

Poster Group 2: Saturday 23rd April

Presenter                     University                                   Topic/Subject              

Gwilym Lockwood

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Synaesthesia and sound-symbolism

Katrin Lunke

University of Bern

Testing the specificity of memory advantages in synaesthesia

Sandra Hoffmann Robbiani

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

“But 7 is yellower than Q, isn’t it?” / Revealing the Visual Language of Typographic Synaesthesia

Sandra Hoffmann Robbiani, Christoph Staehli Weisbrod

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

Multidimensional Matrices to Classify the Visual Properties of Represented Ordinal and Spatial Sequences / A VISUAL OVERVIEW

Richard Roche

Maynooth University

Event-related potentials may reveal correlates of synaesthetic colour perception in grapheme-colour synaesthetes: Pilot data.

Annalisa Setti

University College Cork

Intra-individual differences in susceptibility to the Sound-Induced Flash Illusion

Jasmin Sinha


Latin squares, Finnish bubbles: Coloured Language Hearing, a hidden synaesthesia

Amanda Tilot

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Decoding the genetics of synaesthesia through studies large and small

Qian Wang

Oxford University

The role of pitch and tempo in sound-temperature correspondences

Christoph Witzel

Université Paris Descartes

Synaesthetic colour experiences are perceptually real