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Synesthesia may explain why some "see auruas"

Postby dr. ski wampas » Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:20 pm

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Re: Synesthesia may explain why some "see auruas"

Postby Gnosomai Emauton » Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:21 pm

Though the paper this article reports on is locked behind a paywall, the abstract (found at ... 0011002868) presents a negative conclusion to the study's hypothesis which the Science Daily article (and its source article at University of Granada) hides behind multiple uses of "might" and "may", the ever-present bugaboos of buls#!t debunking articles:

In a variety of synaesthesia, photisms result from affect-laden stimuli as emotional words, or faces of familiar people. For R, who participated in this study, the sight of a familiar person triggers a mental image of “a human silhouette filled with colour”. Subjective descriptions of synaesthetic experiences induced by the visual perception of people’s figures and faces show similarities with the reports of those who claim to possess the ability to see the aura. It has been proposed that the purported auric perception may be easily explained by the presence of a specific subtype of cross-modal perception. We analyse the subjective reports of four synaesthetes who experience colours in response to human faces and figures. These reports are compared with descriptions of alleged auric phenomena found in the literature and with claims made by experts in esoteric spheres. The discrepancies found suggest that both phenomena are phenomenologically and behaviourally dissimilar. [emphasis mine]

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