MAY 1-8, 2011


WORKSHOP - Synesthesia Sunday                              UPDATED SCHEDULE

May 1 - Full Day

Northern Lights: Expanding the Lexicon of Synesthesia


Moderator, Maureen Seaberg is a NYC-based journalist and author whose book on synesthesia, Tasting the Universe (April 2011 release) features first-time interviews with many famous synesthetes. (There is also a colorful chapter about the Tucson TSC 2010).  Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Daily News, Irish America, ESPN the magazine and on MSNBC and PBS. A synesthete herself, she is moderating at TSC for the second time a workshop about synesthesia for the Stockholm 2011 conference. She has also presented at the American Synesthesia Association Conference at Vanderbilt University and at New York University. Her forms of synesthesia include grapheme (letters and numbers), colored days of the week, months and music and some motion-to-hearing synesthesia.  She is a graduate of Penn State University and holds a certificate in superior-level Spanish language from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid.



    William C Bushell     Neil Theise         Patricia L Duffy       Nancy Clark         Michael Sollberger   Alexandra Kirschner 


 Carrie C Firman   Jason Padgett      Berit Brogaard      Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe      Dirk Proeckl   Engelbert Winkler                                                 


William C Bushell, PhD, received his doctorate in Psychological and Medical Anthropology from Columbia University’s historic Department of Anthropology, where he was also a Fulbright Scholar, before becoming a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard. He has for many years been affiliated with the Anthropology Program at MIT as well as Director of East-West Research at Tibet House in NYC, and has co-directed several major conferences with Professor Robert Thurman and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the most recent one leading to publication of a ground-breaking volume, Longevity, Regeneration, and Optimal Health; Integrating Eastern and Western Perspectives(Bushell, et al, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol 1172, 2009). His most recent publications and presentations – including at the Society for Neuroscience Meetings, the Salk Institute, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories – have presented material supportive of a neurobiological model suggesting that meditative practices may result in enhanced sensory-perceptual functioning meditated through neuroplasticity. This work has recently culminated in a recent presentation at NYU which foreshadows his offerings at the Stockholm Conference: “Buddhist Emptiness as a Scientific Question: Can ‘Yogic Direct Perception of Subtle Moment-to-Moment Impermanence’ Be Explained by Attention-Driven Neuroplastic Changes in Sensory-Perceptual Systems?”

Nancy Clark is a psychotherapist, medical intuitive, author and international lecturer. She is presently a candidate for ND. Seminars on many subjects as well as her 125-hour course and clinic in “Medical Intuitive Certification” have been taught around the world for twenty years. Originally, seminars were designed for residents in post communist countries to help residents improve their lives by reducing stress. Dr. Clark serves on the board of the International Association of Near Death Studies as coordinator of international groups. Nancy is the founder and director of AZ Integrative Therapies in Tucson. The purpose of the Center is to present a radically new approach to intuitive energy healing integrating East/West traditions. 

Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe studied English and Philosophy at the Universität Düsseldorf, Germany. In 1994 he obtained his Ph.D. at the Department of Drama, Theatre and Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London.  From 1994 to 2007, he was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth. Since October 2007 he has been Professor of Drama at the Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln. He has numerous publications on the topic of Theatre and Consciousness to his credit, including Theatre and Consciousness: Explanatory Scope and Future Potential (Intellect, 2005) and is founding editor of the peer-reviewed web-journal Consciousness, Literature and the Arts and the book series of the same title with Rodopi.




WORKSHOP - Synesthesia

Sunday, May 1 - Full Day

9:00 am – 5:15 pm

Time and Location: TBA

Chair, Maureen Seaberg


William C Bushell, Neil Theise, MD, Patricia Lynne Duffy, Michael Sollberger

Nancy Clark, Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Alexandra Kirschner, Jason Padgett,

Carrie C Firman, Ezgi Sorman, Berit Brogaard, Dirk Proeckl, Engelbert Winkler

Synesthesia, as it is defined now, is "a sensation that normally occurs in one sense modality occuring when another modality is stimulated." But what of the lit quality of the photisms synesthetes see? And what of the colors they often associate with things like numbers, letters and music? And then there are their prodigious memories – aided by this color, which acts like a mnemonic… And what of the landscapes that they see, alphabets sometimes climbing upwards or calendars encircling them in their mind's eyes? What about their empathic experiences? Or their facility with metaphor?  Or their ability to identify other synesthetes? Or their perfect musical pitch? Join both researchers and actual synesthetes in their quest to show a great diversity of experience and evidence toward broadening the current view of what it means to have synesthesia.     Maureen Seaberg


9:00 - 9:05   Introductory Remarks by Dr. Stuart Hameroff, Director, The Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson

9:05 -9:10    Expanding the Lexicon of Synesthesia - Why Synesthesia's Definition Needs Updating  - brief remarks and introduction of speakers by Maureen Seaberg , a NYC-based journalist , author and synesthete.

 9:10 - 9:45   William C Bushell, Director of East-West Research Tibet House, NYC: “Neuroscientific and Quantum Physical Approach to Advanced Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation: Perceptual Learning, Neuroplasticity, Texture, Fractals, and Synesthesia. A Model In-Progress.”                                                     

 9:45-10:20     Neil Theise, practicing physician, stem cell pioneer and synesthete, NYC: “Complexity theory and the ‘science of being’: The relationship of insights from scientific and contemplative practices of investigation.”

10:20- 10:55   Michael Sollberger, philosopher, Lausanne, Switzerland: “Rethinking Synesthesia.”

10:55-11:25    Berit Brogaard, neuroscientist, philosopher and synesthete, St. Louis, “The Superhuman Mind: From Synesthesia to Savant Syndrome.”

11:25-12:00    Patricia Lynne Duffy, author and synesthete, NYC, "The Landscapes of Synesthesia: a talk” and a reading from her book, Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color their Worlds.

12:00-1:00      Lunch

1:00-1:30        Nancy Clark, psychotherapist ,medical intuitive and author, Tucson, AZ: “Evolving Perceptions.”

1:30-2:00        Ezgi Sorman, healer, synesthete, Deepak Chopra protégé, Istanbul, Turkey:  “Hearing with my Hands, Seeing with my Heart and Healing with Prana -the Universal Energy.”

2:00-2:30        Carrie C Firman, artist/designer and synesthete, Buffalo, NY:  “Art as Inquiry.”

2:30-3:00        Daniel Meyer -Dinkgräfe, Professor of Drama, University of Lincoln, UK: “Synesthesia in Drama and Theatre.”

3:00-3:15        Break

3:15-3:45        Dirk Proeckl and Engelbert Winkler, Tyrol, Austria:  “The Hypnagogic Light Experience – and Synesthesia.”

3:45- 4:15       Alexandra Kirschner, voice instructor and synesthete, Stuttgart, Germany: “Synesthesia and Singing: A Challenge.”

4:15- 4:45       Jason Padgett, mathematician, synesthete and savant, Federal Way, Washington:  “Geometric Synesthesia.”

4:45- 5:15       Maureen Seaberg:  “Can Synesthetes be Identified by Their Written and Spoken Word?” including a reading from her new book on synesthesia, Tasting the Universe.



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