Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction + famous musician’s conditions

Research Objective:

Improving screening procedures for Sensory Processing Disorder which is often overlooked.


Synesthesia is the blending of the senses – an unusual neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.

Colors may trigger sounds for example.

In history, notable artists and musicians have had synesthesia including Composer Duke Ellington, classical composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, classical composer Olivier Messiaen, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Billy Joel and the classical pianist Helene Grimaud.

In the arts, it can be an advantage.

Yet in the non-arts applied world, it may impair function.

Jastreboff and Hazell have proposed that there is a hyper-connectivity between the auditory and limbic system in Sensory Processing Disorder.

Related to synesthesia, Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome or S4 is a painful and costly condition that is presently often not addressed.

The need for better screening in Sensory Processing Disorders is because of it’s impact on functional deficits in school children and working professionals – which can be extraordinarily expensive if overlooked.

Techniques such as fMRI and electronic brain charting are not presently well applied to prevent and help address functional problems in performance.

We support research and application of improved screening procedures for this condition.



Disclaimer: The information presented here is for educational purposes only.