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Synaesthesia in the news

Blended senses: understanding synaesthesia

Amanda Tilot's article on synaesthesia aimed at science educators appears in the December 2016 issue of Science in School. 

Welke kleur heeft woensdag?

KSK_synaesthesia_groep5A_numbersIs de letter A voor jou rood, en het nummer 34 geel? Welke kleur heeft de woensdag volgens jou? Nijmeegse wetenschappers ontwikkelden de app SynQuiz, waarmee je kunt ontdekken of je synesthesie hebt: of jouw brein zintuiglijke waarnemingen met elkaar vermengt. more>                              door Anna Tuenter

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How Wassily Kandinsky's synaesthesia changed art

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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Can you learn to taste and smell the letter B?

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 >

What is it like to have synaesthesia?

"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)".

Image © Samantha Moore

Can synaesthesia be learnt?

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 >

Pharrell, Kanye and Dev Hynes are getting off on synaesthesia

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


How we all could benefit from synaesthesia

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 >

 Illustration by Jamie Cullen


People may be able to taste words

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 >

Last checked 2016-12-08 by Amanda Tilot
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