Synaesthesia and autism

We identified a chromosomal region linked to synaesthesia that has previously been linked to autism which is the first piece of evidence for a connection between the two conditions. We are now investigating this potential connection and the accompanying implications for our understanding of both conditions. This study is comparing people with autism who also have synaesthesia to people with autism without synaesthesia, and also to synaesthetes without autism.


Selected References

587: S Baron-Cohen, D Johnson, J Asher, S Wheelwrigh1, S Fisher, P Gregersen, C Allison (2013)
Is synaesthesia more common in autism?
Molecular Autism 4:40

416: J. Asher, J. Lamb, D. Brocklebank, J. Cazier, E. Maestrini, L. Addis, M. Sen, S. Baron-Cohen, A. Monaco (2009)
A Whole-Genome Scan and Fine-Mapping Linkage Study of Auditory-Visual Synesthesia Reveals Evidence of Linkage to Chromosomes 2q24, 5q33, 6p12, and 12p12
The American Journal of Human Genetics 84:279-285

450: S. Baron-Cohen, D. Bor, J. Billington, J. Asher, S. Wheelwright, C. Ashwin (2007)
Savant Memory in a Man with Colour Form-Number Synaesthesia and Asperger Syndrome
Journal of Consciousness Studies 14(19):237-251

326: J. Asher, M. R. F. Aitken, N. Farooqi, S. Kurmani and S. Baron-Cohen (2006)
Diagnosing and phenotyping visual synaesthesia: a preliminary evaluation of the revised Test of Genuineness (TOG-R)
Cortex 42:137-146

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