Does the number seven look red to you? Are letter “E”s green? You might have synesthesia. This phenomenon presents itself when two (or more, in rare cases) senses combine.
For synesthetes, the senses aren’t separate like they are for most people, so they may hear colours, or feel or taste them. For these people, piano music may be pink, sevens might be blue, or ice cream could be yellow – or triangular.
What is synesthesia?
The word, Greek in origin, means “to perceive together,”or “senses coming together.”Syn = together, Esthasia (aesthesis) = sensation.
Described by Sir Francis Galton (cousin of Charles Darwin), interest in synesthetes was first piqued in the science community in the 1880s. Synesthesia is “a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory pathway evokes sensations in another sensory modality,”according to a ScienceBlog post on neurophilosophy. It is involuntary, constant over time, and can vary considerably from person to person.
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