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Welcome to Synesthesia Down Under

Thanks for visiting.

This website is devoted to promoting Australian related activities on Synesthesia.

We have pages on types of synesthesia, activities in Australia / NZ and links to other really great synesthesia sites.

Check out our Events page for new on events related to synesthesia and dont forget to tell us if you have an event you would like to publicize. We hope to make it a portal for the exchange of information, and perhaps even a place to stimulate ideas. 

If you are a synesthete please send me an email (karen at so we can keep you up to date with the latest events and information about synesthesia. Let me know if you would be interested in helping out Austrlian researcehrs with their studies too. 

Come back and visit later in the year as I also hope to have re-released an updated series of pages devoted to different types of synesthesia by then.

If you are interested in participating in research on synesthesia I have ethics approved non invasive experiments running from time to time and am always happy to hear from synesthetes interested in participating. Email me at karen at to find out more. Macquarie Universities Centre for Cognitive Sciences is also conducting research. You can contact them by visiting their synesthesia webpage.


lecture at Macquarie University 


by Associate Professor Anina Rich, Macquarie University

Synaesthesia is an unusual phenomenon that is often described as a ‘mixing of the senses’. Most commonly letters, numbers, days of the week and other words evoke vivid and highly consistent experiences of colour. Sounds can also trigger visual images, as can smells, tastes, and touch. For example, listening to an orchestra might involve not just the auditory input and seeing the musicians, but also moving waves of colour, tinted by each instrument. Synaesthesia is not a disorder - if anything, it is an unusual gift - but it has the potential to provide a unique perspective on studying human perception. In this lecture, Associate Professor Rich discusses her research on synaesthesia and the mappings we all have between our senses, giving insights into the way the brain integrates information for conscious perception of the world.

Associate Professor Anina Rich Associate Professor Anina Rich is co-director of the Perception in Action Research Centre (PARC) and heads up the Synaesthesia@Macquarie research group. She is Australia’s leading expert on synaesthesia, with publications on the topic in high profile journals including Nature and Nature Reviews Neuroscience. Her work has made a clear argument for selective attention playing a critical role in synaesthetic binding, analogous to normal binding of object features for conscious perception. Her work has received considerable media attention, and she has won a number of awards, including the 2010 ‘Young Tall Poppy’ award for Science from the Australian Institute of Policy & Science. The Paul Bourke Lecture is named in honour of the late Paul Francis Bourke (1938–1999), President of the Academy from 1993–1997. The lecture is presented each year by the recipient of the previous year’s Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research. 



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