BNA 2021 Music Consciousness & Synaesthesia with Jamie Ward, S. Rudenko, T. Layden & M. McDonnell. Liszt B-minor Sonata visuals

What synaesthesia tells us about emotions and visualisation of senses? Consciousness is one of the most fundamental biological processes of the human brain; enabling us to be aware of ourselves, and to explain and communicate thoughts and experiences with others.…

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What synaesthesia tells us about emotions and visualisation of senses? Consciousness is one of the most fundamental biological processes of the human brain; enabling us to be aware of ourselves, and to explain and communicate thoughts and experiences with others. What if this inner reality is a fantasy? Through our imaginations we can create things we have never experienced before (e.g. creative outputs in music and visual art) and, for some people, their brains habitually create an additional layer of perceptual experiences (e.g. people with synaesthesia who have visual experiences of music). This extra layer of experience in synaesthesia may give rise to greater feelings of immersion and wonder, that could perhaps be recreated using technology to achieve positive benefits for others. Prof. of Cognitive Neuroscience (Psychology) Jamie Ward, University of Sussex, UK, Dr. Svetlana Rudenko, Research Fellow TUDublin, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Ireland/ concert pianist www.svetlana-rudenko.com, synaesthete-artist Dr. Timothy B Layden http://theshapeofsounds.com & visual artist Assistant Prof. Maura McDonnell, MMT, Trinity College Dublin www.mauramcdonnell.com

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