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Dr. R. (Romke) Rouw

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Brain and Cognition
Photographer: Henk Heijnen

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: 0.06
Postal address
  • Postbus 15915
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profiel
  • Synesthesia

    SYNESTHESIA - Publications


    Our questionnaire to differentiate projector and associator synesthetes wastranslated from Dutch into English.  If you are interested in using this questionnaire, please click "PA Questionnaire (English)".

    PA Questionnaire - other languages

    For PA questionnaire in Dutch (original), see "PA Questionnaire (Dutch)" link below.

    The questionnaire was translated into German by Beat Meier and Nicolas Rothen . See "PA Questionnaire (German)"

    The questionnaire was translated into Polish by Urszula Mihułowicz . See "PA Questionnaire (Polish)"

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  • Publications





    • Colizoli, O., Murre, J. M. J., Scholte, H. S., & Rouw, R. (2017). Creating colored letters: Familial markers of grapheme–color synesthesia in parietal lobe activation and structure. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(7), 1239-1252. [details]





    • Colizoli, O., Murre, J. M. J., & Rouw, R. (2013). A taste for words and sounds: a case of lexical-gustatory and sound-gustatory synesthesia. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, [775]. [details]
    • Edelstein, M., Brang, D., Rouw, R., & Ramachandran, V. S. (2013). Misophonia: physiological investigations and case descriptions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, [296]. [details]
    • Murre, J. M. J., Janssen, S. M. J., Rouw, R., & Meeter, M. (2013). The rise and fall of immediate and delayed memory for verbal and visuospatial information from late childhood to late adulthood. Acta Psychologica, 142(1), 96-107. [details]
    • Rouw, R. (2013). Synesthesia, hyperconnectivity, and diffusion tensor imaging. In J. Simner, & E. M. Hubbard (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of synesthesia (pp. 500-518). (Oxford library of psychology). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]
    • Rouw, R., van Driel, J., Knip, K., & Ridderinkhof, K. R. (2013). Executive functions in synesthesia. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(1), 184-202. [details]





    • Korsmit, I., & Rouw, R. (2017). "If you eat that apple I might have to kill you"; A disproportionately negative response to particular sounds. Poster session presented at NVP Winterconferentie, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychonomie, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.


    • Erfanian, M., & Rouw, R. (2015). Emotional and cognitive characteristics of Misophonia. Poster session presented at Winterconference NVP 2015, .


    • Rouw, R. (2019). Neurological basis of Misophonia.
    • Rouw, R., Zuidema, W. & Ridderinkhof, R. (2019). Letter-color correspondences in synesthetes and non-synesthetes across languages..
    • Rouw, R. (2016). Congo Teaching Award (Nomination).
    • Rouw, R. (2016). "Cold Chills versus Hot Rage: extreme emotional responses to particular sounds".
    • Rouw, R. (2016). Research Proposal & Motivation letter.
    • Rouw, R. & Ridderinkhof, K. R. (2014). "From Sensation to Control: Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Synesthetic Experience".
    • Rouw, R. & Scholte, S. (2010). "Faculty of 1000 Medicine".


    • Rouw, R. (2019-2023). The REAM Foundation is a private family foundation, which began making grants in 2007.The REAM Foundation, working with the Milken Institute Center (…), REAM Foundation, USA.
    • Rouw, R. (2018-2020). IASAS: International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists.
    • Rouw, R. (2017-2020). IASAS is an international organisation advancing awareness of synaesthesia and encouraging international collaboration through support for academic, (…), IASAS: International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists.
    • Rouw, R. (2017-2022). Science Director of IASAS: International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists. IASAS is an international organisation advancing (…), IASAS.

    Talk / presentation

    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (17-10-2019). Synesthetic vs Non-Synesthetic Color Associations, IASAS EVENT 2019.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (23-10-2018). Bridging the Senses, Royal Society's Theo Murphy Scientific Meeting program. Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley Hall, UK.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (7-2018). Current perspectives on Misophonia, Strategic Philanthropy Misophonia Retreat, Chicago.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (4-4-2018). Now you see it now you don’t:, Now you see it now you don’t: , Amsterdam.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (28-9-2017). Unusual Experiences; Meesterlijke ontmoeting, Vereniging ons Middelbaar Onderwijs. Strijp-S, Eindhoven.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (4-7-2017). Je ziet niet wat je ziet, Persbijeenkomst Hallmark, organised by Omnicom Public Relations Group, Amsterdam.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (29-6-2017). What's it like to be a synesthete Keynote in "Inspirational Bites"?, CMFG lead Horizontal programs HealthTech, Philips Design, Amsterdam.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (11-12-2016). Wat zie je als je blind bent, UvA/Nemo.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) & Krugers, H. J. (speaker) (21-11-2016). Zie je wat je ziet?, Congrescentrum Corpus.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (10-9-2016). How you get what you see, International school hilversum.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (6-2016). A case study of skill development and changes in phemomenology of blind users of a sensory substiution device?, International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF).
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (6-2016). Individual Differences in Sensations.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (16-4-2016). What's it like to be a Synesthete, Trinity College Dublin.
    • Rouw, R. (invited speaker) (28-2-2014). Neural basis of synaesthesia; are we all synaesthetes? Synaesthesia in Perspective: development Networks, and Multisensory Processing., UKE, Hamburg, Germany.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (15-12-2013). Je ziet niet wat je ziet, 'Wakker Worden' kinderlezing NEMO.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (13-7-2013). Zintuigen Universiteit, Festival 5D, NDSM terrein, Amsterdam.
    • Rouw, R. (speaker) (6-7-2013). Syesthesie, Festival 'De Beschaving", Botanische Tuinen, Utrecht.


    • Rouw, R. (participant) (17-10-2019 - 20-10-2019). IASAS EVENT 2019. Co-organized conference (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Rouw, R. (participant) (15-6-2016 - 18-6-2016). Symposium International Multisensory Research Forum 17th annual meeting, Suzhou (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Rouw, R. (organiser) (18-3-2015). KNAW Masterclass, Amsterdam. Decoding the neurobiology of synaesthesia (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Rouw, R. (organiser) (2015). 26 juni 2015, Amsterdam. Multisensoy Integration and Synaesthesia (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Rouw, R. (organiser), Colizoli, O. (organiser) & Murre, J. M. J. (organiser) (17-3-2014). The Adaptive Brain: Recent Advances in Cognitive Neuroscience, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


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  • Ancillary activities
    • Science Director of IASAS
      Scientific director
    • Ream foundation (non profit)
      Misophonia Advisory Group (member):