Friday, December 12, 2008

Flabbergasted...

Friday, December 12, 2008

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I've never been so glad I was wrong - turns out it wasn't wikipedia that let me down, it was person doing the subtitles, and me of course. Anywyas, as many of you have pointed out, yes, my spelling was wrong, its in fact spelled synesthesia or synesthaesia like I suspected, and here is the wiki link where you can read more about this fascinating condition. oh and the people who have this are called synesthetes.

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I can't believe it, but wikipedia has let me down, and not on some random obscure topic either. I wanted to know more about synthaesthesia, but the good old wiki had nothing to offer. Its not even recognised as a word here, angry red zigzaggy lines under it.

I caught the end 5 minutes of a documentary on it just now, on Discovery channel. Synthaesthesia is a neurological condition that approximately affects 1% of the world's population. Synthaetics somehow link different sensory parts of their brains together. Most cases are discovered through sound and taste, in association with colour. For example, synthaetics listen to music and immediately visualise different colours for various notes and instruments. similarly, some also taste foods and each food has a unique colour, but not one that can be set by the person themselves. as a result, sometimes a delicious food or beautiful instrument might have an awful colour. Many times, sythaetics choose music/food according to the colour combinations that they offer, so the man in the documentary I watched had an interesting dinner menu. Roast chicken with a sideline of vanilla ice cream all lathered in orange sauce. According to him, that combination produced a lovely mixture of sky blues that appeared in a large oval in front of him, and faded as the taste wore off. He also said that although he enjoys the sound of a french horn, he cannot stand the colour associated with it, which is akin to an oily green.

Scientists still don't know what causes it, though they came up with 2 theories. the first is that the parts of the brain of synthaetics somehow are linked closer to each other than normal human brains are. The second theory is that all human brains are connected physically but because of the opposing stimuli the connections are hampered or something.


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Meem said...

fascinating condition!

Jannah the Superrific. said...

Oh. Yup, it's interesting kan?

I wrote an entry about it before;

http://diplodocus-itu-rad.blogspot.com/2008/08/words-and-more-words.html

and you can find the information here :

http://www.bu.edu/neuropsychology/synvc.html

Its actually spelt as 'synesthesia', so maybe perhaps thats why you couldnt find it.

Cheers :)

Jannah the Superrific. said...

oh and on wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia

:)

moon said...

told ya to spell it like so

Hibz said...

Hey, is this the one you watched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvwTSEwVBfc ?!

It is amazing =0! I think I watched/ read about a case once where the person could do calculations so fast because of seeing colors or images blending out the answer in their head!

There are many related videos you can find on youtube.

I wonder if all synaesthetes think cucumbers taste pink. o_O

Hibz said...

Extraordinary people - Daniel Tammet - Pt1 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTIApotjNI4&NR=1

"In his mind, he says, each number up to 10,000 has its own unique shape and feel, that he can "see" results of calculations as landscapes, and that he can "sense" whether a number is prime or composite. He has described his visual image of 289 as particularly ugly, 333 as particularly attractive, and pi as beautiful. Tammet not only verbally describes these visions, but also creates artwork, particularly watercolor paintings, such as his painting of Pi."

extraordinary indeed!

shockresistant7 said...

Thanks Hiba!!

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