Higher Prevalence of Synaesthesia in Art Students


Synaesthesia may facilitate the expression of creativity. Therefore synaesthetes may be more common in the world of creative art. To test this possibility, we used behavioural and phenomenological measures to assess the existence of grapheme-colour synaesthesia in a sample of art students (N = 99) and a control sample (N = 96). We found a prevalence of about 7% in the former and about 2% in the latter. Our findings suggest that synaesthesia may indeed be more common in art students.