Maureen Seaberg

Maureen Seaberg is the co-author of Struck By Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel, the story of Jason Padgett, who acquired synesthesia and savant syndrome from a brain injury sustained in a brutal mugging fifteen years ago in Tacoma, Washington. The book has been optioned for film with Michael Costigan and Channing Tatum to co-produce and Tatum to star. She is Mensa-qualified.

polysynesthete, she has higher and lower synesthesias: her sensory experience of the letter K is teal, the number 8 aubergine, and she would have to become a glass artisan to describe what she sees when listening to Yo-Yo Ma. Her experience includes mirror touch synesthesia and as a result she is highly empathic.

The native New Yorker also experiences the behaviors of functional tetrachromacy, or the presence of a fourth cone class for color vision. Vogue magazine called her "Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes" in a feature in 2014. She tested positive on a DNA test for tetrachromacy and is awaiting functionality testing.

Ms. Seaberg has presented on the senses at the Toward a Science of Consciousness conferences in Tucson and Stockholm, Yale Divinity School, the American Synesthesia Association conference at Vanderbilt University, Science Writers in New York (SWINY) and at Tibet House and NYU. She has written for the New York Times, Vogue,  Glamour, O, the Oprah Magazine, ESPN the magazine, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast and has appeared on MSNBC, MTV News, and PBS. She is at work on multiple book and screenplay projects.

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Sensorium is about how we understand extraordinary experiences of the senses. An author and journalist, Maureen Seaberg has personal experience with several forms of synesthesia and is a tetrachromat, possessing the genetic basis for a fourth cone class for color vision. Ms. Seaberg reports from inside her personal realm of sensory experience as well as on the experiences of others and the latest research from the field.

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