For some individuals, stimulation delivered to one sensory modality causes not only its mo-  
  dality-appropriate sensory experience but also a sensory experience within another modal-  
  ity. Synesthesia can involve cross-modal associations such as vision-induced auditory exper-  
  iences and taste-induced tactile experiences. Other cases of synesthesia involve intra-modal  
  associations as in color-graphemic synesthesia. The existence of synesthesia has been known  
  for centuries, with written accounts of synesthetic experiences appearing throughout biogr-  

aphical literature. However, it is only during the last couple of decades or so that this phen-

  omenon has become the focus of scientific inquiry.  
  Click here to test whether you’re a synesthete online !  
  Click here for a Korean version of synesthesia questionnaire.  
  Email us the questionnaire you filled in to participate in our studies!  
  @ VCN ,  
  We have been studying synesthesia by testing color-graphemic synesthetes with both psyco-  
  physical and neuroscientific methods. Published works include,  
  • Kim, S., Blake, R., & Kim, C-Y. (2013) Is “설명: skia_m” purple or green? The relation between identification of figure and color in color-graphemic synesthesia. Consciousness and Cognition. 22,955-964
  • Kim, C-Y., & Blake, R. (2013) Revisiting the perceptual reality of synesthetic color. In J. Simner & E. M. Hubbard (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia. pp. 283-316. Oxford University Press.
  • Kim, C-Y. (2011) A review on the neural mechanisms underlying synesthesia. Korean Journal of Psychology: General. 30(1), 1-22.
  • Kim, S., & Kim, C-Y. (2009) Phenomenal and experimental approaches to synesthetic experience of Korean color-graphemic synesthetes. Korean Journal of Experimental Psychology, 21(4), 309-335.
  @ VCN ,  
  Exciting new studies on synesthesia are on-going. Topics include,  
  • Cross-linguistic investigation in search of the determinants of synaesthetic color
  • Synesthesia visual search without overt attention

Our research on synesthesia has been supported by NRF research grants including

  • "Harmony of the Senses: Generalization, Extension, and Application of Multisensory Interaction Studies (Years 2016-2019, NRF-2016R1A2B4011267)"
  • “Coexistence of the senses – multisensory integration, synesthesia, and its neural concomitants (Years 2013-2016, NRF-2013R1A1A1010923)”
  • “Union of the Senses and underlying neural mechanisms (Years 2009-2011, KRF-2009-332-H00011)”