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There are many theories as to why this condition occurs such as retaining low-level, cross-sensory connections (that would typically sever during the later stages of infancy), or the lack of inhibiting processes that eliminate certain types of signals from flowing into or across sensory brain areas. It is interesting to note that "specific associations experienced by synesthetes may be based on their experience" (Rosenblum 284); An example of this association by experience can be found in the colorful letter and number magnets for the refrigerator that children use. A child sees that the letter "D" on the refrigerator is the color red - if the child is a synesthete, then as they grow older they will always see the letter D as red! This may differ from someone else who had a different set of fridge magnets, or no magnets at all, that instead see the color "D" as light blue.
A great video example that explains and allows you to experience synesthesia can be found by clicking the following link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkRbebvoYqI
Rosenblum, L. D. (2010). See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses. W.W. Norton & Company
TED-Ed. (2013, June 10). What Color is Tuesday? Exploring Synesthesia [Video]. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkRbebvoYqI
Hi Deonna Powell!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed reading your discussion post. You did a good job explaining synesthesia and providing examples. My understanding of synesthesia is sound, shape, color, taste, or smell. An example is hearing music and seeing colors in your mind. It is using colors to visualize. I like how you provided a video to explain synesthesia. The video was enjoyable to watch. The book provides good information on synesthesia. Overall good job!
Great discussion post! I found this information on synesthesia very interesting. I would be interested in talking to someone with this condition to get their perspective on life.ReplyDelete
Hi Deonna! Very interesting post! I wonder why they experience the world this way as in what is different about their genetic makeup vs someone who does not have this condition.ReplyDelete