Richard E. Cytowic is an American neurologist and author who rekindled interest in studying synesthesia in the 1980s. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times Magazine cover story about James Brady, the Presidential Press Secretary shot in the brain during the assassination attempt on President Reagan. Cytowic’s writing ranges from textbooks and music reviews, to his Metro Weekly "Love Doctor" essays and brief medical biographies of Anton Chekhov and Maurice Ravel. His work is the subject of several documentaries. In Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks writes:

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  • Richard E. Cytowic is an American neurologist and author who rekindled interest in studying synesthesia in the 1980s. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times Magazine cover story about James Brady, the Presidential Press Secretary shot in the brain during the assassination attempt on President Reagan. Cytowic’s writing ranges from textbooks and music reviews, to his Metro Weekly "Love Doctor" essays and brief medical biographies of Anton Chekhov and Maurice Ravel. His work is the subject of several documentaries. In Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks writes: In the 1980, Richard Cytowic made the first neurophysiological studies of synesthetic subjects... In 1989, he published a pioneering text, Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses, and this was followed by a popular exploration of the subject in 1993, The Man Who Tasted Shapes. Current techniques of functional brain imaging now give unequivocal evidence for the simultaneous activation or coactivation of two or more sensory areas of the cerebral cortex in synesthetes, just as Cytowic’s work predicted. Cytowic is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at George Washington University Medical Center, a Mentor at the Point Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board for Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. (en)
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  • Richard E. Cytowic is an American neurologist and author who rekindled interest in studying synesthesia in the 1980s. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times Magazine cover story about James Brady, the Presidential Press Secretary shot in the brain during the assassination attempt on President Reagan. Cytowic’s writing ranges from textbooks and music reviews, to his Metro Weekly "Love Doctor" essays and brief medical biographies of Anton Chekhov and Maurice Ravel. His work is the subject of several documentaries. In Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks writes: (en)
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