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Functional and structural brain differences associated with mirror-touch synaesthesia (2013)
Journal Article
Holle, H., Banissy, M. J., & Ward, J. (2013). Functional and structural brain differences associated with mirror-touch synaesthesia. NeuroImage, 83(December), 1041-1050. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.07.073

Observing touch is known to activate regions of the somatosensory cortex but the interpretation of this finding is controversial (e.g. does it reflect the simulated action of touching or the simulated reception of touch?). For most people, observing... Read More

Contagious scratching: shared feelings but not shared body locations (2013)
Journal Article
Ward, J., Burckhardt, V., & Holle, H. (2013). Contagious scratching: shared feelings but not shared body locations. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 7(122), https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00122

A commentary on: The neural basis of contagious itch and why some people are more prone to it by Holle, H., Warne, K., Seth, A. K., Critchley, H. D., and Ward, J. (2012). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 109, 19816–19821.

Personality traits in people with synaesthesia: do synaesthetes have an atypical personality profile? (2013)
Journal Article
Banissy, M. J., Holle, H., Cassell, J., Annett, L., Tsakanikos, E., Walsh, V., …Ward, J. (2013). Personality traits in people with synaesthesia: do synaesthetes have an atypical personality profile?. Personality and individual differences, 54(7), 828-831. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2012.12.018

People with synaesthesia not only have – by definition – unusual experiences (e.g., numbers triggering colour), they also have a different cognitive profile (e.g., in terms of their memory and perceptual abilities) and a bias towards cert... Read More