Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Synesthesia is a cross over of senses. People with this condition have experiences where one sense, say hearing is simultaneously perceived with another sense such as         sight. 

I decided to write on this topic because I heard about it in an episode of Criminal Minds, where a criminal was experiencing visual and auditory sensations simultaneously. As people spoke to him, whether it was in person or over the phone he could physically see the words and they would appear in different colors. The next day I came to school, and in my Anomalous Experience Class our Professor was lecturing on this absolutely fascinating topic. 

We are all on a continuum experiencing some level of Synesthesia. Some people experience stronger levels. For example, sometimes we link certain colors with human feelings or emotions. In my Anomalous Experiences class, Professor asked us which one has no friends? Our options were a yellow circle or a blue circle, both the same size. The majority of the class voted that the blue circle had no friends. Meaning we on some level thought that yellow, was a happier, friendlier color than blue. Crazy? Or not? 
Tasting Color?
However the people with strong Synesthesia are much more interesting! Their brains actually react differently when, for example they are looking at colors and letters. The fMRI studies show more activation in the part of the brain that works with color when being shown letters. 

Some known causes...
1. Developmental: people are born this way.
2. Trained: association created by repeated pairings
3. Transient: posthpnotic suggestion, psychotropic drugs, sensory deprivation
4. Adventitous: brain injury or disease (blindness)

1 comment:

  1. That's so interesting! It's amazing how some people process visual stimuli. I would think that this is mostly linked to the developmental cause. When you learn the alphabet, colors, and numbers as a child, it may be hard to distinguish them into all different categories.