"Synesthesia (Greek, syn = together + aisthesis = perception) is the involuntary physical experience of a cross-modal association. That is, the stimulation of one sensory modality reliably causes a perception in one or more different senses."
On Primetime, they featured a woman who sees a different color for each note she plays on the piano. There were also three sisters who see a different color for each letter. But the most interesting one was the man who has a different taste in his mouth when he hears certain words. The name 'Derrick' made him cringe, and he said it tasted like earwax!
"The word synesthesia, meaning 'joined sensation', shares a root with anesthesia, meaning 'no sensation.' It denotes the rare capacity to hear colors, taste shapes, or experience other equally startling sensory blendings whose quality seems difficult for most of us to imagine. A synesthete might describe the color, shape, and flavor of someone's voice, or music whose sound looks like 'shards of glass,' a scintillation of jagged, colored triangles moving in the visual field. Or, seeing the color red, a synesthete might detect the 'scent' of red as well."
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Me again...anyway, I had seen a special some time ago about synesthesia, but I guess I had forgotten. They did not mention one form of synesthesia, which is something I have, and that is that I assign gender to numbers, but only numbers 1 through 9. Each number's gender has always been very obvious to me, ever since I can remember, and I could never explain it. I tried once, and was laughed at -- by good friends, not anyone who was being mean, so it didn't bother me. I knew it was strange to them, and I would have laughed too.
But one thing they did mention last night that I could relate to completely was something called 'spatial synesthesia', in which a person sees the calendar year, or even the days of the week, in 3-D. I have done this my entire life as well, and I really thought that everyone did this, but apparently not. They showed some examples of 3-D calendars on a computer, so that some women could explain the way they see the months or days, but they never showed it the way I see it, and so I felt compelled to explain my own view to Casey...who still thinks it's a little weird. I tried again to explain the gender/number thing to him, and it makes no sense to him. I can understand that.
So, does anyone else do this? Are there any other synesthetes out there? I want to know!