The Unity of the Senses

The Unity of the Senses

Interrelations Among the Modalities

1st Edition - August 28, 1978

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  • Author: Lawrence E. Marks
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260334

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Academic Press Series in Cognition and Perception: The Unity of the Senses: Interrelations Among the Modalities focuses on the perceptual processes, approaches, and methodologies involved in studies on the unity of the senses. The publication first elaborates on the doctrines of equivalent information, analogous sensory attributes and qualities, and common psychophysical properties. Discussions focus on discrimination, sensitivity, sound symbolism, intensity, brightness, and cross-modal perception of size, form, and space. The text then examines the doctrine of neural correspondences and sound symbolism in poetry, including sound and meaning, analogue and formal representation, vowel symbolism in poetry, coding perceptual information, coding sensory attributes, and evolution and development. The manuscript takes a look at synesthetic metaphor in poetry, as well as unity of the senses and synesthetic metaphor, warm and cool colors, synesthetic metaphors of odor and music, metaphorical imperative, and the music of Conrad Aiken. The publication is a valuable source of data for researchers interested in the unity of the senses.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1 Introduction

    Unity and Diversity


    2 The Doctrine of Equivalent Information

    On Common Sensibles

    Cross-Modal Perception of Size

    Cross-Modal Perception of Form

    Cross-Modal Perception of Space

    Cross-Modal Perception of Time, Motion, and Number

    Some Philosophical Considerations

    3 The Doctrine of Analogous Sensory Attributes and Qualities

    On Common Qualities




    Suprasensory Equivalence: Absolute or Relative?


    Sound Symbolism


    Synesthetic and Nonsynesthetic Correspondences

    4 The Doctrine of Common Psychophysical Properties



    Psychophysics of Sensory Intensity

    5 The Doctrine of Neural Correspondences

    Two Faces of Sensation

    Coding Perceptual Information

    Coding Sensory Attributes

    6 The Unity of the Senses

    Evolution and Development

    On Similarity

    7 Sound Symbolism in Poetry

    Analogue and Formal Representation

    Sound and Meaning

    Dimensions of Sound Symbolism

    Vowel Symbolism in Poetry

    8 Synesthetic Metaphor in Poetry

    Unity of the Senses and Synesthetic Metaphor

    Affect in Synesthetic Metaphor

    Warm and Cool Colors

    Synesthetic Metaphor in Poetry

    Synesthesia as Doctrine—Charles Baudelaire

    Auditory Companions of Light and Dark—Edgar Allan Poe

    After Baudelaire: Rimbaud, Huysmans, de Maupassant

    Synesthetic Metaphors of Odor and Music—Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Light in Music, Music in Light—Algernon Charles Swinburne

    The Music of the Spheres

    The Music of Conrad Aiken

    The Metaphorical Imperative


    Name Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 302
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: August 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260334

About the Author

Lawrence E. Marks

About the Editors

Edward Carterette

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, University of California

Morton P. Friedman

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