Richard E. Cytowic, M.D.
Richard E. Cytowic, M.D., retired in 1989 from the practice of neurology in Washington, DC, and now writes and speaks on science for academic and popular audiences. He is the author of The Man Who Tasted Shapes (Tarcher/Putnam, 1993) and the forthcoming Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses, 2nd Edition (MIT Press, 2002).
Touching Tastes, Seeing Smells—and Shaking Up Brain Science
People with synesthesia may hear colored sounds or even taste shapes, because the joining of two senses runs through almost every possible combination. New research suggests that what was once seen as merely a bizarre disorder raises knotty questions for brain science and may offer clues to the brain’s mysteries.