‘Everyday Synaesthesia’

I’m a synaesthete; a neurological condition described by the University of Sussex as:

“A joining together of sensations that are normally experienced separately. ”

I started my Everyday Synaesthesia blog so that non-synaesthetes might be able to grasp what it’s like living with the condition on a day to day basis, from a personal perspective.

My ability to see words, and smells as colours, numbers as personalities with family trees, to taste words, to hear patterns, to see emotions, and more besides, frequently cause me to get confused. Sometimes these hallucinations make life harder, sometimes easier. Always colourful.

Here is where I talk about those experiences, laugh about them, and hopefully show how wonderful, magical and difficult having synaesthesia can be.

I recently took part in an academic study based at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics which explores the genetic basis for synaesthesia in related and non-related individuals. I sent off a swab of my saliva – hopefully my mutant DNA can be of use to the researchers! I’m looking forward to hearing what comes out of the study.

To find out more, check out their website.

For more on synaesthesia see these posts from another of my blogs:

Synaesthesia and the Spectral Locomotive

Synaesthetic Review of Peter McVeigh’s “Song for Winter” feat. Ciara O’Neill

Further Reading:

Victoria Gill, “Can you See Time?” BBC News.

Follow Dr Amanda Tilot (Research Programme Coordinator) of the Max Plank study on Twitter: @aktilot and @genes_speak

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