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What do words taste like?

May 28, 2009

An article from the BBC news discusses synaesthesia, loosely defined as a “blending of sensory experience”.

Synaesthesia itself is a rare and unusual condition thought to affect less than 1% of the population.
It can takes many different forms – some people may “see sounds”, in that certain sounds trigger them to see particular colours. Others might experience colours while reading those words in simple black text.
But according to Charles Spence, a professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University, we are all “synaesthetes” up to a point.

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  1. kodo permalink
    May 28, 2009 8:54 pm

    I had just recently viewed a Discovery Channel special called “Real Superhumans and The Quest For The Future Fantastic.” This special featured a 29 year old women synesthete whose sound, sight and taste were all fused. When she listened to music she would see color and taste the music as well. An interesting phenomena. I understand that most synesthetes are gifted humans. Very interesting.

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