All About Synesthesia

Learn about synesthesia and see if you have it too!

What is Synesthesia?

Synesthesia is a non-threatening condition where, when something triggers one of the five senses, it is sent to the brain where a another sense responds.

The pronunciation - (sin-a-th-e-sha)

The word synesthesia comes from the Greek words "syn" (together) and "aisthesis" (perception). It literally means joined perception or same perception.

What is a Synesthete?

A synesthetes what people who have synesthesia are called.

The pronunciation - (sin-a-th-et)

There are many estimates for number of people with synesthesia, it usually ranges from 1 in 200 to in 1 in 100,000. Although there are probably many people who aren't aware they even have it.

Common Traits

Synesthetes tend to be...

-women

-left-handed

-neurologically normal

-In the same family.

Examples

I recommend that you read "A Mango Shaped Space." It's about a thirteen year old girl with Synesthesia. Mia Winchell sees colors and shapes with every sound and letter. One day she discovers that not everyone sees the world as she does.

Videos

Synesthesia: The Science Behind Seeing Sounds & Tasting Color
When Senses Collide - Synesthesia
Synesthesia - Numberphile
Hearing Colors, Seeing Sounds: Synesthesia
What color is Tuesday? Exploring synesthesia - Richard E. Cytowic
Making a TED-Ed Lesson: Synesthesia and playing cards
What is Synesthesia?
Is Your Red The Same as My Red?
How to Pronounce Synaesthesia

Bio

This website was created for the purpose of informing visitors about synesthesia and to help those who have it understand what it is.

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