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Synaesthesia is defined here by Mirriam Webster's dictionary:

Main Entry: syn·es·the·sia
Pronunciation: "si-n&s-'thE-zh(E-)&
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin, from syn- + -esthesia (as in anesthesia)
Date: circa 1891
: a concomitant sensation; especially : a subjective sensation or image of a sense (as of color) other than the one (as of sound) being stimulated - syn·es·thet·ic /-'the-tik/ adjective

Dr Richard Cytowic, explains further "Synesthesia is a physical experience of the brain, not the product of imagination. As such, it is distinguished from metaphor and artistic contrivances such as colored music or son et lumière that deliberately join multiple senses. Some combinations occur more often than others. Sound–sight synesthesia, or colored hearing, is common whilst combinations involving taste and smell are rare. The most widespread synesthesia involves colored letters and numbers.

Some form of synesthesia may occurs in 1 in 200 people. It runs strongly in families, likely inherited as an x–linked dominant trait, which is why women outnumber men by at least 3:1. Synesthetes have superior memories.

Like most quirks of nature, the study of synesthesia reveals much about how ordinary brains work. In fact, Dr. Cytowic believes that synesthesia is a normal brain process that is prematurely displayed to consciousness in a minority of individuals. In other words, everybody is synesthetic—most of us just don’t know it."


Synaesthesia Links!

The Synesthesia WebRing

American Synaesthesia Association

Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens
This site has an excellent page of links.

Cassidy Curtis's Synaesthesia


Doctor Hugo's Synaesthesia Page

Psyche Magazine


Synaesthesia: It's a Beautiful Day
Warning: This site has music in the background and blinkies on the page. ^_~

Synaesthesia Research Group

Synaesthesia: Union of the Senses

University of Cambridge: What is Synaesthesia?

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