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September 7, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(10):857-858. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530100045012

A new variety of synesthesia, in which the subject experienced gustatory sensations on hearing sounds such as spoken words or certain non-vocal sounds, has recently been described by Pierce1 and the case presents some interesting features. The sensations experienced by the young woman under observation included oral perception of temperature, texture and consistency as well as true gustatory perception, but did not include olfactory qualities, as she was anosmic. Pierce feels convinced that this phenomenon was a true synesthesia and not the result of a "lively dramatic fancy." The experience is said to come quite unsolicited, and the patient frequently has some difficulty in finding adequate equivalents to express the idea of the sensation experienced. The best condition for the appearance of the synesthesia seemed to be a state of natural hunger. The impression is distinct from the idea of the object to which it is compared and precedes

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