Synesthesia is a neurological based phenomenon. Which is when the stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report such experiences are known as synesthetes.
Synesthesia exists in a variety of forms such as Number synesthesia and Grapheme-colour synesthesia. Today i’ll be talking about sound–>colour synesthesia.
In sound–>colour synesthesia, individuals experience colours as a response to music/sounds. Sound–>colour synesthesia can be further broken down into two categories, “Narrow band” and “Broad band” sound->colour synesthesia.
Narrow band AKA music–>colour synesthesia – When music elicit different shades, hues brightness of colours relative to the tones, notes or even instrument played. Some examples would be, a note of a higher pitch would evoke brighter colours, and music played from a harp could make an individual see gold
Broad band synesthesia – Besides music, individuals will be able to see colours from hearing sounds of the ordinary (ringing of alarm clocks, people walking, construction, birds flying.
Color changes in response to different aspects of sound stimuli may involve more than just the hue of the color. Any dimension of color experience can vary. Brightness, saturation (the intensity of the color; fire engine red and medium blue are highly saturated, while grays, white, and black are all unsaturated), and hue may all be affected to varying degrees. Additionally, music → color synesthetes, unlike grapheme → color synesthetes, have said/reported tha the colors move, or stream into and out of their field of view. wow wow wow wow.
Synesthesia has implications for every major aspect of cognition: perception, attention, language, memory, emotion, and consciousness. Somebody without synesthesia would communicate and describe objects and situations around them way differently from somebody who has synesthesia. This would be because perception differs, ultimately causing a different process of gathering information based on the outlook of an individual.
I could go on and on endlessly about the different aspects and effects of sound–>colour synesthesia. But let me raise some questions/issues for you readers to ponder and hopefully respond to.
HOW DO YOU THINK IT MAY CHANGE PERCEPTION.
TO WHAT EXTENT WOULD IT AFFECT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SOMEONE WHO HAS AND DOESNT HAVE SYNESTHESIA.
WOULD IT ACT AS A FORM OF NOISE (refer to comm notes : “Problems arise when we come into contact with people who communicate differently; there is no collective representation of reality)?
Dont do any research, tell me the first thing that comes to your mind.
Many synesthetes live their whole lives unaware of their unusual trait and ability, others feel like they’ve kept it a secret. As i said before, there are many different types of synesthetes, some of which apply their gift to their advantage be it for daily life or work. This is because they have an additional outlet to channel information from themselves to the world, to their work ( music, paintings) and even to others.
Synesthesia is also sometimes reported by individuals under the influence of psychedelic drugs, after a stroke, during a temporal lobe epilepsy seizure, or as a consequence of blindness or deafness.
I’d have to stop myself here, its too interesting a topic for me to go on another 20 pages and lose your interest lol.
SOME VIDEOS ON SYNESTHESIA.
( educational too ) Hahahahaha…………… “Instead of seeing the colour red, you hear the colour red *giggleretardgiggle*”
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- February 8, 2009 / 1:24 pm