TITLE: Wednesday is Indigo Blue: How Synesthesia Speaks to Creativity
SPEAKER: Richard Cytowic
EVENT DATE: 10/30/2009
RUNNING TIME: 61 minutes
Neurologist Richard Cytowic rediscovered the involuntary joining of different senses in 1980 and returned it to the scientific mainstream. In his recent book, "Wednesday is Indigo Blue," Cytowic sums up 30 years of exploration into synesthesia's place in both science and art. Far from a mere curiosity, it is an elevated form of the perception everyone already has. Minds that function differently are not so strange after all, and everyone can learn from them. Brains are already highly cross-wired, and with 1 in 23 people having the trait, synesthesia may hold a key to human creativity. This lecture was presented as part of the Library's Music and the Brain series.
Speaker Biography: Dr. Richard Cytowic is trained in neurology, neuropsychology and ophthalmology. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Duke University, and his medical degree from Wake Forest's Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He later trained at London's National Hospital for Nervous Diseases and George Washington University before founding Capitol Neurology, a private clinic. He lives in Washington, D.C. Cytowic's work is the subject of numerous documentaries ranging from the BBC and PBS to National Geographic. His many media appearances have included Good Morning America, All Things Considered and Voice of America.
SERIES: Music and the Brain