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Honors Project




Music-Instruction and study, Synesthesia, Music and color, Tone color (Music), Music education, Colors, Tones


Synesthesia is a phenomenon in which stimulation in one sensory modality also produces sensations in another sensory modality. This study will explore tone’ѕґЫѕcolor synesthesia, in which colors evoke sound. Induced synesthesia, properly called pseudosynesthesia, can benefit people with medical disabilities, students with learning disabilities, and music students. Pavlovian conditioning tasks and Stroop tasks offer models for pseudo-synesthetic training. Theories of certain cognitive psychologists and music educators invite pseudo-synesthetic applications in music education. Results of an original experiment suggest that pseudo-synesthesia can help people distinguish between major and minor chords.




v, 80 p. : col. ill., music Honors project-Smith College, 2013. Includes bibliographical references (p. 65-80)