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Synaesthesia

One synaesthete's "Saturday".

How one synaesthete sees "Saturday"

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Synaesthesia -- Wikipedia
  • grapheme → color synesthesia, letters or numbers are perceived as inherently colored

  • ordinal linguistic personification, numbers, days of the week and months of the year evoke personalities

  • In sound → color synesthesia, individuals experience colors in response to tones or other aspects of sounds.

  • In a rare form of synesthesia, lexical → gustatory synesthesia, individual words and phonemes of spoken

    language evoke the sensations of taste in the mouth.


  • In spatial-sequence, or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, and/or days of the week elicit precise locations in space (for example, 1980 may be "farther away" than 1990), or may have a (three-dimensional) view of a year as a map (clockwise or counterclockwise).

  • It is estimated that synesthesia could possibly be as prevalent as 1 in 23 persons across its range of variants (Simner et al. 2006)

 

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"In this two-part radio series from BBC Radio 4, the condition of synaesthesia is explored through interviews with scientists and those who have been diagnosed with the condition. Synaesthesia is a condition in which the five senses intermingle, so that stimulation in one sense may give rise to a stimulation in another sense. For one example, certain letters of the alphabet may be associated with certain colors for a synaesthete. The program here is divided into two 30-minute sections. The first program explores the experiences of several synaesthetes, such as James Wannerton who tastes spoken words, and Jane Mackay, who sees shapes and colors when she hears music. The second part of the program “examines the mounting evidence that we all start life with the potential for synaesthesia." The study of this condition is pushing the boundaries of neuroscience, and this provocative exploration of this condition and its study offered by the BBC is quite engaging and informative." -- The Scout Report

 

cognition perception sensory vision "per-cepts"
hearing
touch
taste
smell
extra - sensory
(ESP)
6th ?
"?"
conception

"con-cepts"


Cf., "Foundations of Cultural Knowledge," in Culture and Cognition: Rules, Maps, and Plans
(San Francisco, CA: Chandler, 1972), pp. 3-38.

 

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