2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Synthesizing Emotions and Color
Angelina M. Guidos
Dr. David Murphy, Faculty Mentor

Color and emotions have always seemed to be intertwined within the expression of personality as well as regulation of emotion. This paper will explore emotional expression and color theory in those who are differentiated from the "normal human spectrum" of emotion in terms of their intertwining of color and perception-those individuals affected by synaesthesia, also spelled as synesthesia, plural synaesthesiae or synaesthesiae. While there are many different types of synaesthesia, this author will focus on emotion-color synaesthesia, a rare form of synaesthesia which allows individuals to see colorful halos and auras around other people. The author will also analyze a study reported in the journal Cognitive Neuropsychology by Dr. Jamie Ward's team from University College, London, which found that highly emotive words triggered specific colors which were uniquely categorized in the mind of the synesthete.

Keywords: Synesthesia, colors, emotions, classification

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 54-2
Location: VH 1212
Time: 3:00

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