Human+ The Future of Our Senses is a documentary series focused on the sensorium, technology, and the fascinating variations in our experiences with touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing. Episode 5, “The Orchestra of the Senses”, explores synaesthesia as a sensory outlier; I am featured in that episode describing what it’s like to live with mirror-touch synaesthesia. I am so happy to be included in this project, and even more delighted to see my friend Lidell Simpson and I fencing on San Francisco’s Marina Green in the trailer below. Human+ airs in the Canadian television market on August 21st, 2019, and is available as well via other international media outlets. The production is collaborative; partners include Idéacom International, Bonne Pioche Télévision, and the European Union “Creative Media Europe” campaign.
I’m a bit giddy to have my very own junior high school favorite song included on the My Mixtape program at KALW! I have the loveliest chromesthetic experiences with “How Deep is Your Love?” by the BeeGees. This song was a radio favorite when I was in 7th grade, and it stayed at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 for 10 weeks. At 13, I didn’t know what to call my visual experiences of the sounds I heard, but my chromesthetic perceptions of the Gibb brother’s voices is still with me. You can find My Mixtape here.
Fundación Internacional Artecittà is an international organization focused on synesthesia in relationship to the arts, science, and society. They host a stellar synesthesia congress every 3 years in in Alcalá la Real, Spain, which includes the TEKSYN II art installation. TEKSYN II is housed in El Museo Palacio Abacial, a former abbey built in the 1700’s. It was a pleasure to have my visual art included in the installation as well as the TEKSYN II catalogue. Timothy Layden and MJ De Córdoba, you have my gratitude!
I’ve long admired Dr. Richard Cytowic, MD, MFA, whose book Wednesday is Indigo Blue is the watershed publication for both researchers and general readers on the topic of synesthesia. Richard is ridiculously smart, gracious, and funny. He included my colored graphemes in Synesthesia, his latest publication from MIT Press. I am both awed and honored.
The Daily Mail is a British newspaper with more than 100 million unique visitors to it’s website each month! Journalist Natalie Rahhal crafted an article about MTS focused on healthcare workers who have mirror-touch synesthesia. I’m honored that she included me; I’m even more honored to appear alongside Joel Salinas! Find that article here.
In 2017, two landmark book about Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia were published. In April, Mirror Touch: notes from a doctor who can feel your pain was released by HarperOne. A moving memoir about MTS by Dr. Joel Salinas MD, Mirror Touch expertly helps the reader understand the conflated sensations of MTS and its impact on daily life. Dr. Salinas interviewed me for his memoir; I am mentioned as “CC” in the text. I highly recommend Dr. Salinas’ book to anyone interested synaesthesia and/or neurodiversity.
Daria Martin is an artist and academic. Oxford University Press published her research volume Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia: Thresholds of Empathy with Art. I had a series of dialogues with Daria Martin and her research colleague Dr. Elinor Cleghorn, and was fortunate to meet Ms. Martin in San Francisco when she presented her art film Sensorium Experiments at California College of the Arts. While I am not mentioned by name in Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia: Thresholds of Empathy with Art, I am quoted in various chapters as (research subject) #5.
Over the last 18 months, I dedicated most of my discretionary time to helping the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists launch a series of events in Los Angeles, California. I sit on the board for IASAS, and as part of that team, I helped to launch a dynamic installation of interactive art. My role was solely executive; I served as a producer and organizer, and IASAS was fortunate to have the support of a world class curator for our exhibit at Building Bridges Art Exchange. When the Huffington Post featured an art critique of Synaesthesia: what is the taste of the color blue? you could have knocked me over with a feather.
Oh my! Oh my! You can find me on VICE! I had the loveliest conversation with writer and journalist Layla Haidrani; her intellectual curiosity and generosity of spirit made interviewing for this article a true pleasure. Neurodiversity matters to me so much, and Ms. Haidrani really got to the heart of what it’s like to have mirror-touch synaesthesia.
BBC Three offers lively online content focused toward a young audience and the ‘wild west’ of the digital world. It’s the perfect home for a story about the neurodivergent phenomena that is Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia. I’m honored to be included in Nick Arnold’s wonderfully insightful article.
The BBC World Service program Outlook features extraordinary first person stories from around the world. I am so happy to share my experiences with Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia with the BBC, as I’ve long admired their commitment to international narratives. Find my Outlook audio essay at 37:00, as interviewed by Pippa Tilbury.
Multisensory Research is an interdisciplinary archival journal covering all aspects of multisensory processing, including perceptual, behavioural, neural and computational mechanisms. My essay “Mirror-Sensory Synaesthesia and the Practice of Manual Therapy” appears in the April 2017 special edition of MSR.
Oh Wow! I was chosen from the audience at the KALW production Kamau Right Now! for an impromptu chat with W. Kamau Bell. I feel fortunate for every opportunity to speak up for synesthesia as a form of human neurodiversity, but this chance to chat with my favorite comedian during a live radio broadcast was absolutely magical!
I’m filled with great big gratitude for my mirror-touch synaesthesia experience as profiled by Great Big Story. I’ve long admired the innovative and creative narratives published by this CNN property, and I’m really and truly delighted with the production values in the video. Feeling all the feels!
Halloween is a mirror-sensory synaesthete’s nightmare; The Establishment is a writer’s dream…insightful journalism, fascinating essays and expert editors. I’m over the moon to have my All Hallows Eve musings published by this excellent website.
My essay “Built for Hurt” appears in the inaugural issue of Qualia Journal. Qualia is edited by Dr. Elinor Cleghorn, who has conducted research (with principal investigator Daria Martin) at Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art. Their research examines the scholarly and artistic implications of mirror-touch synaesthesia. Pain is the theme of this first issue of Qualia; “Built for Hurt” is focused on my experiences with synesthesia-for-pain.
I’m beyond honored to have my story featured in Sensorium, author Maureen Seaberg’s blog for Psychology Today magazine. Maureen is a gifted writer whose books include Tasting the Universe: People Who See Colors in Words and Rainbows in Symphonies, and Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel. Maureen writes with insight and grace, and I’m thrilled she interviewed me for Sensorium.
I enjoyed my recent opportunity to write for the innovative app VoiceMap, which provides location-aware audio tours via iPhone and Android devices. Syn City SF: The Haight Ashbury allows a non-synesthete to feel what it’s like to view the iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco through the lens of synesthesia. You can download Syn City SF here.
I’m so happy to have an interview, “A Strange and Wonderful Life“, published on the blog Like-Minded Magazine. This fascinating project is edited by Rodger Hoefel, a writer, graphic designer, and art director who makes his home in Amsterdam. Like-Minded Magazine is a showcase of stories and conversations shared by those who have experienced life at its most unforgiving. This creative project is “based upon the insight that exposing your experience can initiate meaningful connection and exchange, with the likely goal that support and understanding can be found from others who have shared similar experiences”.
Braindecoder.com is a website that “covers the most interesting neuroscience news with thoughtful reporting, and captures the ongoing social and scientific quest to unravel the mysteries of the brain”. Edited by neuroscientist Bahal Gholipour, braindecoder.com is an engaging resource for readers interested in the fascinating terrain of the brain and mind. I’m honored to have my personal essay on my experiences with mirror-touch synesthesia published at braindecoder.com. You can find that essay here.
Pacific Standard covers the nation’s biggest issues in economics, education, the environment, and justice by focusing on what shapes human behavior. Writer and UC Irvine journalism professor Erika Hayasaki has authored an article for Pacific Standard, “This Doctor Knows How You Feel”, which appears in the July print issue. My experiences with Mirror-Touch Synesthesia are referenced in this piece.
As the official monthly publication of The British Psychological Society, The Psychologist serves as a forum for communication, discussion, and debate on a range of psychological topics. I was fortunate to be interviewed by journalist Jack Dutton for his article, The Surprising World of Synaesthesia, which appears in the February 2015 issue.