Synaesthesia


This is a link to the transcript of a Catalyst Report which is about the Synaesthesia. This use of the term Synaesthesia is basically the same concept that NLP has had from many years ealier. See our previous article on Synaesthesia to understand a little more about the concept from both an NLP perspective, and also from other research teams in Sydney.

The interest in this documentary is mainstream research of synaesthesia going on in Australia. The researchers also propose that synaesthetes have extra brain regions devoted to colour imagery. I am not sure if they are getting their information from fMRI scans or similar, or experience with their studies. I do wonder how they would cope with the knowledge that the average NLP Practitioner that often overlaps representations to see if we can give the client more choice.

From the Catalyst Report (ABC) on Synaesthesia:
Around 10,000 Australians have this condition, where the five senses – sight, sound, taste, smell and touch – are mingled in some way….. It’s early days yet but already the researchers have found that people with synaesthesia do seem to use their brains differently and this can actually help them in certain tasks. For example, it seems a surprisingly large number of synaesthetes are artists…Jennifer and Catherine are…and a tantalising theory is… the reason for that is that synaesthetes have extra brain regions devoted to colour imagery.
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Unravelling the secrets of synaesthesia could even ultimately advance medical science, by revealing how the brain puts the information from the senses together in all of us. But in the meantime the goal is to find an explanation for Jennifer and Catherine’s colourful world. A world that really makes you think you’re missing out on something here….

Sources for this story

Catalyst Report (ABC) on Synaesthesia and a site to Check if you have a Synaesthesia

Story Contacts

  • Anina Rich, PhD Student in Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Jason Mattingley, Research Fellow in Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, School of Behavioural Science, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia

Opera 2.0

See also TIME Magazine which is of interest, where entertainment is pushing the boundaries and combining two senses in the one event – Opera 2.0
where audience members listen to and smell “Green Aria,” described by its writer and director Stewart Matthew as a “scent opera” at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain.
Audience members listen to and smell "Green Aria," described by its writer and director Stewart Matthew as a "scent opera" at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain.

The Synaesthetic Phenomenon Excerpt… When we speak of various types of communication that are perceived through the combination of two or more senses and are integrated and focused at the level of meaning, we are, of course, speaking about the phenomenon that goes under the name of synaesthesia. Grosso modo, synaesthesia is a kind of intertransposition based on the interaction of the sensory experience during the act of perception. As such, it belongs to the realm of metaphor. Yet it can be considered more than a simple metaphor.

Wheel of the Five Senses, a medieval wall painting in Longthorpo Tower (near Peterborough, England) discovered some fifty years ago and said to have been made before 1340.
Wheel of the Five Senses, a medieval wall painting in Longthorpo Tower (near Peterborough, England) discovered some fifty years ago and said to have been made before 1340.

Surrounding the wheel, from the king’s right to his left, at the points where the spokes connect to the rim, are five animals: a spider in its web, a eagle or vulture, a monkey, a cock, and a boar. According to a passage from De rerum natura by Thomas of Cantimpré, each of the five animals represents a sense18. Now for our purpose, this painting may be considered as the first known visual representation19 of the connections among the five senses, both in relation to the sense of touch (scholastically understood as the most important sense, in that it is the foundation of all senses and the closest “to the fontal root”, that is common sense)20 and in relation to the king, who may be considered to represent man’s ratio.

Hypnosis reaches the parts brain scans and neurosurgery cannot

Hypnosis reaches the parts brain scans and neurosurgery cannot Hypnotism has moved off the stage and into the laboratory. No longer a mere vaudeville routine, hypnosis is being used in labs to cast light on the innermost workings of the brain.

Synaesthesia is an automatic psychological association that occurs only in a very few people, but we are blessed (and, indeed, cursed) with minds that mostly operate on autopilot. Take words, for example. As you read the words in this text, you are not consciously identifying each letter, joining them together in your head, and matching the collection to a memory of what it means, it just seems to happen automatically when you see each one.

See Mind Hacks and Science Direct article: Disruption of synaesthesia by posthypnotic suggestion: An ERP study

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