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Music and odor in harmony: a case of music-odor synaesthesia

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Title of host publicationProceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2018)
DateAccepted/In press - 12 Apr 2018
DatePublished (current) - 1 Aug 2018
Number of pages6
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Place of PublicationMadison, WI, USA
EditorsCharles Kalish, Martina Rau, Jerry Zhu, Timothy T. Rogers
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-0-9911967-8-4


We report an individual with music-odor synaesthesia who experiences automatic and vivid odor sensations when she hears music. Stextquoterights odor associations were recorded on two days, and compared with those of two control participants. Overall, S produced longer descriptions, and her associations were of multiple odors at once, in comparison to controls who typically reported a single odor. Although odor associations were qualitatively different between S and controls, ratings of the consistency of their descriptions did not differ. This demonstrates that crossmodal associations between music and odor exist in non-synaesthetes too. We also found that S is better at discriminating between odors than control participants, and is more likely to experience emotion, memories and evaluations triggered by odors, demonstrating the broader impact of her synaesthesia.

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