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What causes Synesthesia?

Synesthesia
Synesthesia

Synesthesia

photo by Alexis Moreno

photo by Alexis Moreno

Synesthesia

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When I hear the song Shimmer by Fuel, I think of standing water and the color blue; I taste metal in my mouth and feel tears running down my cheeks.

This phenomenon is called Synesthesia: the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.

Some tests done to see this phenomenon is would be the Stroop effect. This test is a demonstration of interference in the reaction time of a task. Most victims of this test end up saying the color of the word instead of the reading the word.

An example would be when you hate candy that is the color purple, because the color purple means the flavor of grape.

Synesthesia is that one moment in time could shape the way you think of a word, picture, song, or taste forever. For me it was the song by Fuel, and the taste of artificial grape.

Synesthesia can be in many different forms, whether it be song ,or color, or feeling, or taste.

photo by Alexis Moreno
The Stroop effect

 

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What causes Synesthesia?