Amanda Tilot's article on synaesthesia aimed at science educators appears in the December 2016 issue of Science in School.
The artist, whose 148th birthday was celebrated in the Google doodle on 16 December 2014, created the world's first truly abstract paintings. Kandinsky is believed to have had synaesthesia, a harmless condition that allows a person to appreciate sounds, colours or words with two or more senses simultaneously. more >
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Synaesthesia tends to run in families which suggests a genetic component and is usually reported from early childhood. Because of this, synaesthesia is generally regarded as a congenital condition. However, this may in fact be only half the truth. Most synaesthetic experiences are triggered by cultural artifacts such as letters, numbers, and musical sounds. more > Image Rotormind, CC BY-SA
James Wannerton has synaesthesia - a condition in which the senses mix together so that sensations we normally consider separate start to intermingle. Studies from the University of Edinburgh suggest 4% of the UK population could be affected by this blurring of the senses. Researchers there and at the University of Sussex believe this phenomenon could be advantageous, particularly when it comes to remembering things. more >
"All sounds have colour, the alphabet has colour, days of the week have colour..." Animated movie maker Samantha Moore has documented experiences of people with audio-visual synaesthesia in the film "An Eyeful of Sound (2010)".
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Many people see words as colours, smells or sounds, and they swear it boosts their creativity. So could we all tweak our senses to see the world in this way? more >
Composer and synaesthete Nick Ryan hopes to shed light on the multisensory condition by representing the experience on stage. more >
Quayola & Sinigaglia with Vanessa Wagner
Developing the mysterious condition in the 96% of people who do not have it may help to improve learning skills, aid recovery from brain injury and guard against mental decline in old age. more >
We are all capable of "hearing" shapes and sizes and perhaps even "tasting" sounds, according to researchers. This blending of sensory experiences, or synaesthesia, they say, influences our perception and helps us make sense of a jumble of simultaneous sensations. more >