Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Training People to Have Synesthesia

A study conducted by the University of Sussex has new evidence that adults can be trained to have the effects of synesthesia. A group of 14 adults were placed in a nine week program that is supposed to give them traits of synesthesia. This test involved making subjects choose a color for certain letters and number which would remain the color for that grapheme for the rest of their testing and listening to certain music or sounds while viewing a certain letter or number. These tests were deemed fairly successful as many people reported after this study they see certain letters having certain colors or personalities. Those tested also had a boost in their IQ by an average of 12 points. This is very interesting work and can be used for treatment of those with severe ADHD and dementia.

news article: http://www.gizmag.com/synesthesia-training-iq-boost/34849/
research article: http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/141118/srep07089/full/srep07089.html

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