184 Synesthesia, Perceptions & Mind – Brogaard

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Synesthesia And The Mind

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
~ W. B. Yeats

Dr. Berit Oskar Brogaard – is a Danish and American philosopher specializing in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. Her recent work concerns synesthesia, savant syndrome, blindsight and perceptual reports. She is Professor of Philosophy and runs a perception lab at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.[1][2]

After co-authoring The Superhuman Mind, which is about how ordinary individuals can change their minds and brains, she continued looking at how we can bring about positive changes not just in the area of extraordinary abilities but also to mood, personality and the meaning of life. Brit has a different take on improved connections with the concept of synesthesia to improve mindset from direct experience with challenging life travels.

Ed Note: Synesthesia is a favorite concept I’ve referenced over the years and Brit takes it’s application to a much deeper level.

Brief Introduction

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstien

Brogaard was born and raised in Copenhagen. From an early age, she excelled at physics, mathematics, and biology, eventually completing her undergraduate education at the University of Copenhagen with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and philosophy. 

Upon completion of her degrees in Copenhagen she studied linguistics and philosophy at the University at Buffalo, where she obtained her Ph.D. with Barry Smith as her supervisor. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Consciousness and the Philosophy Program directed by David Chalmers at Australian National University from 2007 to 2009,[4] and her first tenure-track position was at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, from 2001 to 2005.[5] She was subsequently appointed Associate Professor of Philosophy (2008–2012) and Professor of Philosophy (2012–2014) at University of Missouri, St. Louis. She has taught at the University of Miami since 2014.[1]

Significant Contributions

Brit served as President of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology and was the first female President of the Central States Philosophical Association.[6][7]

Brogaard is also a Danish-language poet[8] and the author of three books, Transient Truths, On Romantic Love and The Superhuman Mind. She is now the editor of the Philosophical Gourmet Report, a ranking of philosophy graduate programs, after serving as co-editor of the 2014 Report and, before that, a member of the Advisory Board. Synesthesia is a favorite topic as it embraces multiple complexities from relationships to neuroscience inquiry.

Since 2009 Brogaard has worked as a freelance writer for many popular media outlets, including Psychology Today,[9] Hello Magazine and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Since then she has written about 300 popular articles on brain intervention and emotional regulation.[10] She has also co-authored a breakup program with counselor and relationship expert Catherine Behan entitled The Breakup Cleanse.[11]

Her academic and popular work has been featured in, among other places, A Report of the President’s council on bioethics – Washington D.C. 2004,[12] Danish National Radio,[13] the Modesto Bee,[14] UMSL newsroom,[15][16][17] MostMost,[18] Attract Your Soul Mate Now,[19] Nightline,[20] NPR,[21] Popular Science,[22] Science Omega,[23] the Huffington Post,[24] and ABC News.[20]

*Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash


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  1. Robin E. Kitson on 12/24/2018 at 2:30 PM

    I heard about Dr. Berit Oskar Brogaard on BBC World Service Radio today. I have the calendar type synesthesia. I see the whole calendar counterclockwise circle. January =11 Feb= 10 march etc then I see months like a regular calendar in a square. I am also a Professional Storyteller on stage,
    Really cool things just pop into my mind while I am on stage. I telling about a 6 foot tall bird flying away and I just started blowing into the mic. I had not planned that it just came to me. The wosh wosh sound added to my story. The audience loved it. Previous years, decades and centuries are behind me as I stand on a slate ball that reminds of me the globe.The size of the slate pieces are always the same the groupings change by what I am thinking about decades. I live in Raleigh, NC USA near the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC and Duke University, Durham, NC. I look for research about my way of viewing the world, the colored numbers with dimensions and such.
    If you could hook me up with someone who would test me I would love that. By the way I was born this way.

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