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Synaesthesia: a cross-cultural pilot

We’ve just launched the web page for a project we’ve been working on in the Language & Cognition group: Synaesthesia across cultures. The most exciting part of the project is the second iteration of a pilot we’ve developed for cross-cultural field research on the forms and prevalence of synaesthesia. In contrast to online tests (e.g., our pilot uses low tech methods so that it can be used even in non-literate communities and in remote fieldsites where there is no electricity (let alone internet access).

The pilot is currently being taken to L&C fieldsites across the globe, but we’re also welcoming external collaborators. If you’re interested, check out Synaesthesia, a cross-cultural pilot or our project page.


  1. Majid, Asifa, Tessa van Leeuwen, and Mark Dingemanse. 2009. Synaesthesia: a cross-cultural pilot. In Field Manual Volume 12, 8-13. Nijmegen: MPI for Psycholinguistics.  
  2. Majid, Asifa, Tessa van Leeuwen, and Mark Dingemanse. 2008. Synaesthesia: a cross-cultural pilot (first version). In Field Manual Volume 11, 37-41. Nijmegen: MPI for Psycholinguistics.  

2 responses to “Synaesthesia: a cross-cultural pilot”

  1. […] Mark Dingemanse announces the launch of the web page for the Language & Cognition group’s project, Synaesthesia across cultures. The group is looking for additional collaborators to ‘gather cross-cultural data on the forms and prevalence of synaesthesia.’ The pilot uses low-tech methods that are easy to replicate in the field. […]

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