Sean A. Day

President

Dr. Sean A. Day, PhD was born in Jackson, Michigan.  He began college at Indiana University, majoring in Music Composition, but eventually switched to Anthropology at Purdue University.  He holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Purdue University.  He founded the Synesthesia List, an international forum for synesthetes and synesthesia researchers, in 1992, while doing research towards his dissertation on synesthetic metaphors.

After receiving his doctorate in 1995, Day taught Linguistics at Purdue University for two years.  In 1997, he took an Associate Professor position at National Central University, in Chungli, Taiwan, where he taught English and Linguistics until 2001; during this time, he continued to maintain the Synesthesia List from Taiwan.

Dr. Sean A. Day, PhD was born in Jackson, Michigan.  He began college at Indiana University, majoring in Music Composition, but eventually switched to Anthropology at Purdue University.  He holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Purdue University.  He founded the Synesthesia List, an international forum for synesthetes and synesthesia researchers, in 1992, while doing research towards his dissertation on synesthetic metaphors.

After receiving his doctorate in 1995, Day taught Linguistics at Purdue University for two years.  In 1997, he took an Associate Professor position at National Central University, in Chungli, Taiwan, where he taught English and Linguistics until 2001; during this time, he continued to maintain the Synesthesia List from Taiwan.

In 2001, he moved back to the United States, taking a Visiting Professor position teaching Linguistics at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio.  In 2003, he took a position on the faculty of Trident Technical College, in Charleston, SC, where he now teaches anthropology.  He was instrumental in developing the American Synesthesia Association into a nonprofit organization, assisted in organizing ASA conferences, and served as the ASA President from 2000 to 2016.  A multiple synesthete himself, he has given talks about synesthesia in numerous different forums around the world, including in Taiwan, Russia, and Spain, and has been featured in documentaries on synesthesia presented in such countries as Australia, Ecuador, Japan, the Netherlands, and the UK, as well as in the US and Canada.  His current research interests include music-related synesthesia, rare forms of synesthesia, and “synesthete ethnography” and demographics.

Anton Sidorov Dorso

Vice President

VP of Academics, Science, and Global Enterprise

Anton V. Sidoroff-Dorso, is a Moscow-based linguist and psychologist, a founding board member of IASAS, a Senior Teacher at Moscow Pedagogical State University Founder and science monitor of the Russian Synaesthesia Community He received a full specialist degree in linguistics and language acquisition, and studied for a post-graduation degree (Candidate of Sciences) in psychology at Moscow Pedagogical State University, with a dissertation on individual differences in people with synaesthesia. His research focuses on general psychological and neurocognitive aspects of synaesthesia, synaesthetic mechanisms as viewed in the frameworks of cultural-historical psychology and cognitive anthropology. Additionally, he is the co-editor of the Leonardo Bibliography list: Synaesthesia in Art and Science of the interdisciplinary journal Leonardo (MIT). He has served on the Board of the Artecittà Foundation as its International Coordinator since 2012, and is a member of the editorial board of the international Synesthesia Journal (Artecitta). He also founded the Russian Synaesthesia Community and monitors its web-resource synaesthesia.ru. and initiated and manages the data-base of Russian-speaking synaesthetes (now approx. 800 people). He translated and adapted the Russian-language version of the worldwide multilingual online tests of the Synesthesia Battery and the Consistency Test of Synaesthesia (MatLab Syntools).

Anton V. Sidoroff-Dorso, is a Moscow-based linguist and psychologist, a founding board member of IASAS, a Senior Teacher at Moscow Pedagogical State University Founder and science monitor of the Russian Synaesthesia Community He received a full specialist degree in linguistics and language acquisition, and studied for a post-graduation degree (Candidate of Sciences) in psychology at Moscow Pedagogical State University, with a dissertation on individual differences in people with synaesthesia.

His research focuses on general psychological and neurocognitive aspects of synaesthesia, synaesthetic mechanisms as viewed in the frameworks of cultural-historical psychology and cognitive anthropology. Additionally, he is the co-editor of the Leonardo Bibliography list: Synaesthesia in Art and Science of the interdisciplinary journal Leonardo (MIT). He has served on the Board of the Artecittà Foundation as its International Coordinator since 2012, and is a member of the editorial board of the international Synesthesia Journal (Artecitta). He also founded the Russian Synaesthesia Community and monitors its web-resource synaesthesia.ru. and initiated and manages the data-base of Russian-speaking synaesthetes (now approx. 800 people). He translated and adapted the Russian-language version of the worldwide multilingual online tests of the Synesthesia Battery and the Consistency Test of Synaesthesia (MatLab Syntools).

He is also a co-author of “An anthropology of synaesthesia”, author and developer of Synaesthesia Quotient and a related multi-scale test battery. Additionally, he assisted and participated as key speaker in the production of science documentaries on the senses and synaesthesia. In 2019, as International coordinator, Anton Sidoroff-Dorso organized the 2nd IASAS International Conference in Moscow, Russia.

James Wannerton

Vice President

VP of Art, Media, and Community Engagement

James Wannerton is an English IT professional, artist and writer.  He experiences sound to taste synaesthesia, including lexical-gustatory synaesthesia;  i.e.  he can taste all sounds, most significantly  word sounds. James was born in Manchester, England on 18 February 1959.  His early years were spent in Willesden, North West London, the family moving from there to Chertsey, Surrey, and then, in early 1969, to Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. 

Following a 14-month stay in Perth, Western Australia, he moved to Blackpool, Lancashire. He attended Stepgates Primary School in Surrey, Rosedale School in Welwyn Garden City followed by Monks Walk School, also in Welwyn Garden City. James was one of the first individuals in the UK to have his synaesthetic experiences studied and documented, appearing in over 100 published research papers world-wide.  In 2000, he teamed up with Professor Jamie Ward at University College London and Professor Julia Simner at the University of Edinburgh.  He has also worked with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and Dr John Harrison at Cambridge University. 

James Wannerton is an English IT professional, artist and writer.  He experiences sound to taste synaesthesia, including lexical-gustatory synaesthesia;  i.e.  he can taste all sounds, most significantly  word sounds. James was born in Manchester, England on 18 February 1959.  His early years were spent in Willesden, North West London, the family moving from there to Chertsey, Surrey, and then, in early 1969, to Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. 

Following a 14-month stay in Perth, Western Australia, he moved to Blackpool, Lancashire. He attended Stepgates Primary School in Surrey, Rosedale School in Welwyn Garden City followed by Monks Walk School, also in Welwyn Garden City. James was one of the first individuals in the UK to have his synaesthetic experiences studied and documented, appearing in over 100 published research papers world-wide.  In 2000, he teamed up with Professor Jamie Ward at University College London and Professor Julia Simner at the University of Edinburgh.  He has also worked with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and Dr John Harrison at Cambridge University. 

In 2006, James was elected as President of the UK Synaesthesia Association (UKSA) with a remit to raise the profile and general awareness of synaesthesia via media strands and art/science projects and collaborations.  He is also Vice President of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists and Scientists (IASAS), based in the USA.  Within both roles he actively encourages other synaesthetes to speak about their unique and fascinating sensory experiences.  His personal interests in synaesthesia extend to researching cognitive perception, intuition, reasoning and cognitive dissonance and he has been the subject of a number of published research papers and general interest articles on the subject of synaesthesia in Europe, the United States, China, Russia and Australia.He has presented at many international neurology and synaesthesia conferences and regularly gives presentations at schools, colleges, National Health Service facilities and other public venues. He has featured in TV and radio documentaries broadcast by the BBC, ITV, Channels 4 & 5, ABC, CBS, NBC and the Discovery Channel for broadcast across Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia and the USA.James has recorded educational videos about synaesthesia for the Equality & Human Rights Commission and Wellcome Trust and was instrumental in the setting up of the National Health Service Choices synaesthesia web site which now pipes accurate and up to date information on synaesthesia into every GP surgery in the UK.James’s artistic achievements include an award winning “Synaesthesia Garden” exhibited at the 2015 Royal Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and an interactive sound/vision to taste synaesthesia installation at the Victoria and Albert museum, London.  He also has artworks on permanent display at Edinburgh University and the Trapholt Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. He has also been interviewed for articles in the UK National press as well as in Europe, the USA, Africa and Australasia.  A 2011 interview on the Wellcome Trust blog includes details of his childhood and how synaesthesia has influenced his choice of friends, job and his relationships.

CC Hart

Secretary

CC Hart is an artist, an author, and neurodiversity advocate. Her senses are intertwined via 17 different forms of synaesthesia, which informs her writing, her visual art, her costume design, and her long career in manual therapy. She is continuing to learn how her divergent brain creates both opportunities and obstacles in her life and she supports the argument that neurodiverse traits are not pathologies, but represent part of the spectrum of human somatosensory, intellectual, and cognitive experience. CC Hart is a founding board member of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists.

CC Hart is an artist, an author, and neurodiversity advocate. Her senses are intertwined via 17 different forms of synaesthesia, which informs her writing, her visual art, her costume design, and her long career in manual therapy. She is continuing to learn how her divergent brain creates both opportunities and obstacles in her life and she supports the argument that neurodiverse traits are not pathologies, but represent part of the spectrum of human somatosensory, intellectual, and cognitive experience. CC Hart is a founding board member of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists.

Christine Söffing

Board Member

Christine Söffing is an artist and synaesthete. She studied art history, art education, psychology, pedagogy and computer science in Münster, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Augsburg. In 1991/92 she was a co-founder of the Palette eV art school for children and young people in Augsburg. Since 1992 she has been a freelance artist, adult educator, museum educator and lecturer.

Since 2010 she has been the freelance head of the Experimental Music & Art & Multimedia (EMU) group and artistic coordinator of the Musisches Zentrum at the University of Ulm. She is a founding board member of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists and Scientists.

Christine Söffing is an artist and synaesthete. She studied art history, art education, psychology, pedagogy and computer science in Münster, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Augsburg. In 1991/92 she was a co-founder of the Palette eV art school for children and young people in Augsburg. Since 1992 she has been a freelance artist, adult educator, museum educator and lecturer.

Since 2010 she has been the freelance head of the Experimental Music & Art & Multimedia (EMU) group and artistic coordinator of the Musisches Zentrum at the University of Ulm. She is a founding board member of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists and Scientists.