Synesthesia: Hearing colours, tasting sounds.


Below are two links to videos of a presentation which is about the Synaesthesia. This use of the term Synaesthesia is basically the same concept that NLP has had from many years ealier. In NLP, the phenomenon of “overlap” has many applications, but specifically it is where we are either as a practitioner observing a synaesthesia, bringing awareness of the synaesthesia to client to, or undoing the connections between the senses. We can “overlap” an image and a sound or feeling together, for example. In the broad sense, a synaesthesia can be useful for the client or it can be limiting the client’s choices.
As the phenomenon of overlap demonstrates, not all of our mental experiences are clearly distinguishable in terms of the five senses. Sometimes experiences become connected and overlapped so completely that it is not possible to easily distinguish one from the other.

In NLP, this connection is called a synaesthesia, and the term means “a synthesizing of the senses.” Synaesthesias are usually more than perceiving something through a single sense alone. Some artists increase the richness of their visual experience and some record memory with colours assoicated that help them recall or associate the memory with another aspect of the experience.

The interest in this presentation is that it demonstrates some of the mainstream research into ‘natural’ synaesthesia’s that have been observed in humans and how science is measuring trends and liklehoods of the types of connections that occur.

Synesthesia: Hearing colours, tasting sounds. David Eagleman, July 2009

Imagine a world of magenta Tuesdays, tastes of blue, and symphonies seen as well as heard. At least one in a hundred otherwise normal people experience the world this way in a condition called synesthesia, in which stimulation of one sense triggers an experience in a different sense. Synesthesia is a fusion of different sensory perceptions, though most synesthetes are unaware their experiences are in any way unusual.

Synesthesia is far more important scientifically than a mere curiosity. In this CHAST lecture at the University of Sydney, world authority David Eagleman explains its wild variety of forms, and shows how his laboratory studies these experiences in the brain, using tools from genetics to advanced neuroimaging.

Videos of the presentation
Video – Synesthesia: Hearing colours, tasting sounds (Part 1) Duration: 23m 38s
Video – Synesthesia: Hearing colours, tasting sounds (Part 2) Duration: 26m 15s

Find out if you are a Synesthete

Source: CHAST, University of Sydney

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