Sunday, June 14, 2020

Post #1- Synesthesia- What color is Tuesday

While reading "See What I'm Saying" by Lawrence Rosenblum, I particularly found the topic of synesthesia very interesting. Though I am not a synesthete myself, I have paired colors with numbers and days of the week for as long as I can remember. I do not stick by these colors and it is more of an afterthought for me but people with synesthesia experience these types of things on a daily basis. In the video attached, Richard E. Cytowic, speaks about how 1 in 90 people experience synesthesia with graphemes in which they experience written elements as saturated in color. The most interesting type is when people experience synesthesia with phonemes. When a synesthete hears a word, they, in some cases, taste a specific flavor. For example, the video mentions that when one particular person heard the word "message", they tasted sausage. The video also speaks about how synesthetes typically have a better memory. Their synesthesia leads to better memorization. For example, the pairing of colors to names helps them to remember names. This to me is very interesting and the video attached clearly illustrates how interesting it really is.

1 comment:

  1. Kayla,
    How interesting that people with synesthesia can relate things to phonemes, I think it is even more interesting that a person taste the would "message" taste like sausage. I know wonder as I was typing this post, I began to smell celery, could me thinking of a word for typing make me smell something that is no where near me?