Publications of Nicolas Rothen, Prof. Dr.

H-index = 21, publications with at least 10 citations = 28, total citations = 1244 according to Google Scholar (27/11/2019)
46 peer-reviewed publications and 2 book chapters since 2007

Articles and contributions in the specialist press (peer-reviewed)

2019 and in press

Jewanski, J., Simner, J., Day, S. A., Rothen, N., & Ward, J. (in press). The evolution of the concept of synesthesia in the nineteenth century as revealed through the history of its name. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences.

Jewanski, J., Simner, J., Day, S. A., Rothen, N., & Ward, J. (in press). The “golden age” of synesthesia inquiry in the late nineteenth century (1876–1895). Journal of the History of the Neurosciences.

Rothen, N., Berry, C. J., Seth, A. K., Oligschlaeger, S., & Ward, J. (in press). A single system account of enhanced recognition memory in synaesthesia. Memory and Cognition.

Ovalle Fresa, R., & Rothen, N. (2019a). Training enhances fidelity of color representations in visual long-term memory. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 3(3), 315–327.

Ovalle Fresa, R., & Rothen, N. (2019b). Development of synaesthetic consistency: Repeated autonomous engagement with graphemes and colours leads to consistent associations. Consciousness and Cognition, 73, 102764.

Schwartzman, D. J., Bor, D., Rothen, N., & Seth, A. K. (2019). Neurophenomenology of induced and natural synaesthesia. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 374(1787), 20190030.


Reber, T. P., & Rothen, N. (2018). Educational App-Development needs to be informed by the Cognitive Neurosciences of Learning & Memory. Npj Science of Learning, 3(1), 22.

Rothen, N., & Meier, B. (2018). Spontaneous retrieval reveals right-ear advantage in prospective memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(4), 940–948.

Rothen, N., Schwartzman, D. J., Bor, D., & Seth, A. K. (2018). Coordinated neural, behavioral, and phenomenological changes in perceptual plasticity through overtraining of synesthetic associations. Neuropsychologia, 111, 151–162.

Rothen, N., Seth, A. K., & Ward, J. (2018). Synesthesia improves sensory memory, when perceptual awareness is high. Vision Research, 153, 1–6.


Rothen, N., Bartl, G., Franklin, A., & Ward, J. (2017). Electrophysiological correlates and psychoacoustic characteristics of hearing-motion synaesthesia. Neuropsychologia, 106(Supplement C), 280–288.

Rothen, N., & Meier, B. (2017). Time-of-day affects prospective memory differently in younger and older adults. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 24(6), 600–612.

Ward, J., Rothen, N., Chang, A., & Kanai, R. (2017). The structure of inter-individual differences in visual ability: Evidence from the general population and synaesthesia. Vision Research, 141, 293–302.


Mealor, A. D., Simner, J., Rothen, N., Carmichael, D. A., & Ward, J. (2016). Different Dimensions of Cognitive Style in Typical and Atypical Cognition: New Evidence and a New Measurement Tool. PLoS ONE, 11(5), e0155483.

Rothen, N., Jünemann, K., Mealor, A. D., Burckhardt, V., & Ward, J. (2016). The sensitivity and specificity of a diagnostic test of sequence-space synesthesia. Behavior Research Methods, 48(4), 1476–1481.

Rothen, N., & Meier, B. (2016). Time of day affects implicit memory for unattended stimuli. Consciousness and Cognition, 46, 1–6.


Meier, B., Lunke, K., & Rothen, N. (2015). How mirror-touch informs theories of synesthesia. Cognitive Neuroscience, 0(0), 1–3.

Meier, B., Rey-Mermet, A., & Rothen, N. (2015). Turning univalent stimuli bivalent: Synesthesia can cause cognitive conflict in task switching. Cognitive Neuroscience, 0(0), 1–8.

Meier, B., & Rothen, N. (2015). Developing synaesthesia: A primer. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 211.


Bor, D., Rothen, N., Schwartzman, D. J., Clayton, S., & Seth, A. K. (2014). Adults can be trained to acquire synesthetic experiences. Scientific Reports, 4(7089), 1–8.

Meier, B., Rothen, N., & Walter, S. (2014). Developmental aspects of synaesthesia across the adult lifespan. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 129.

Pfeifer, G., Rothen, N., Ward, J., Chan, D., & Sigala, N. (2014). Associative memory advantage in grapheme-color synesthetes compared to older, but not young adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 696.

Rothen, N., & Meier, B. (2014a). Acquiring synaesthesia: Insights from training studies. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 109.

Rothen, N., & Meier, B. (2014b). Psychophysiology of prospective memory. Memory, 22(7), 867–880.


Meier, B., Rey-Mermet, A., Rothen, N., & Graf, P. (2013). Recognition memory across the lifespan: the impact of word frequency and study-test interval on estimates of familiarity and recollection. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 787.

Meier, B., & Rothen, N. (2013). Grapheme-color synaesthesia is associated with a distinct cognitive style. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 632.

Pritchard, J., Rothen, N., Coolbear, D., & Ward, J. (2013). Enhanced associative memory for colour (but not shape or location) in synaesthesia. Cognition, 127(2), 230–234.

Rothen, N., & Meier, B. (2013). Why vicarious experience is not an instance of synesthesia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 128.

Rothen, N., Nikolić, D., Jürgens, U. M., Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A., Cock, J., & Meier, B. (2013). Psychophysiological evidence for the genuineness of swimming-style colour synaesthesia. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(1), 35–46.

Rothen, N., Scott, R. B., Mealor, A. D., Coolbear, D. J., Burckhardt, V., & Ward, J. (2013). Synesthetic experiences enhance unconscious learning. Cognitive Neuroscience, 4(3–4), 231–238.

Rothen, N., Seth, A. K., Witzel, C., & Ward, J. (2013). Diagnosing synaesthesia with online colour pickers: Maximising sensitivity and specificity. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 215(1), 156–160.

Rothen, N., Tsakanikos, E., Meier, B., & Ward, J. (2013). Coloured Letters and Numbers (CLaN): A reliable factor-analysis based synaesthesia questionnaire. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(3), 1047–1060.

Terhune, D. B., Rothen, N., & Cohen Kadosh, R. (2013). Correcting misconceptions about synaesthesia. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 103, 1–2.

Ward, J., Hovard, P., Jones, A., & Rothen, N. (2013). Enhanced recognition memory in grapheme-color synaesthesia for different categories of visual stimuli. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 762.


Rothen, N., Meier, B., & Ward, J. (2012). Enhanced memory ability: Insights from synaesthesia. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36(8), 1952–1963.

Rothen, N., & Terhune, D. B. (2012). Increased Resting State Network Connectivity in Synesthesia: Evidence for a Neural Basis of Synesthetic Consistency. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(40), 13641–13643.


Meier, B., von Wartburg, P., Matter, S., Rothen, N., & Reber, R. (2011). Performance predictions improve prospective memory and influence retrieval experience. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology/Revue Canadienne de Psychologie Expérimentale, 65(1), 12–18.

Nikolić, D., Jürgens, U. M., Rothen, N., Meier, B., & Mroczko, A. (2011). Swimming-style synesthesia. Cortex, 47(7), 874–879.

Rothen, N., Wantz, A.-L., & Meier, B. (2011). Training synaesthesia. Perception, 40(10), 1248–1250.


Rothen, N., & Meier, B. (2010a). Grapheme–colour synaesthesia yields an ordinary rather than extraordinary memory advantage: Evidence from a group study. Memory, 18(3), 258–264.

Rothen, N., & Meier, B. (2010b). Higher prevalence of synaesthesia in art students. Perception, 39(5), 718–720.

Rothen, N., Nyffeler, T., von Wartburg, R., Müri, R., & Meier, B. (2010). Parieto-occipital suppression eliminates implicit bidirectionality in grapheme-colour synaesthesia. Neuropsychologia, 48(12), 3482–3487.

2009 and before

Frey, S., Balu, S., Greusing, S., Rothen, N., & Cajochen, C. (2009). Consequences of the Timing of Menarche on Female Adolescent Sleep Phase Preference. PLoS ONE, 4(4), e5217.

Meier, B., & Rothen, N. (2009). Training grapheme-colour associations produces a synaesthetic Stroop effect, but not a conditioned synaesthetic response. Neuropsychologia, 47(4), 1208–1211.

Rothen, N., & Meier, B. (2009). Do synesthetes have a general advantage in visual search and episodic memory? A case for group studies. PLoS ONE, 4(4), e5037.

Meier, B., & Rothen, N. (2007). When conditioned responses “fire back”: Bidirectional cross-activation creates learning opportunities in synesthesia. Neuroscience, 147(3), 569–572.

Book chapters

Cona, G., & Rothen, N. (2019). Neuropsychological and physiological correlates of prospective memory. In J. Rummel & M. McDaniel (Eds.), Prospective Memory (1st ed., pp. 95–115). New York, NY, USA: Routledge.

Meier, B., & Rothen, N. (2013). Synaesthesia and memory. In J. Simner & E. M. Hubbard (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Synaesthesia (pp. 692–706). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

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