Synesthesia: from cross-modal to modality-free learning and knowledge

Roy Williams, Simone Gumtau, Jenny Mackness

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In an integrated view of perception and action, learning involves all the senses, the interaction between them, and cross-modality rather than just multi-modality. In short: synesthetic enactive perception, which then forms the basis for more abstract, modality-free knowledge. This can underpin innovative learning design, and is explored in two case studies: children in Montessori preschools, and in the MEDIATE interactive space (for children on the autistic spectrum) in a ‘whole body’ engagement with the world. The challenge is to explore the rich opportunities offered by these modes of learning, and understand the transcriptions and transformations between them.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0
Pages (from-to)48-54
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Early online date31 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


  • Synesthesia
  • embodied cognition
  • cross-modality
  • enactive perception


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