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Synesthesia
Synesthesia

Learn English meaning of synesthesia

Date: Apr 26 2017

Themes: Alternative, Health, Music

Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives

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Can you taste music? Can you hear colors? Can you smell numbers? These might seem like crazy questions. But they aren’t crazy for someone who has synesthesia. Synesthesia is an amazing condition. People who have synesthesia perceive things differently with their senses. They might hear a symphony and taste the music in their mouth, for example.

Each person with synesthesia has a different experience. The crossed channels in their senses are not often the same. One person might feel colors as emotions, but another person might smell colors instead. For some people, tapping into their synesthesia is wonderful, but for others, it might be scary. Synesthesia will bring on a different experience for each person who has it.

Marni’s mom has synesthesia, and she enjoys her experience. Listen as Marni tells Romeo how her mom sees music in today’s English lesson.

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Marni

Marni

Romeo

Romeo

Marni:  I was recently at a classical music concert, the symphony, with my mother. And I noticed, at one point, her eyes were closed. And I was like, “Mom, are you OK?” And she was like, “Oh, yeah. I’m just tapping into my synesthesia.” And I was like, “What are you talking about?”

Romeo:  What?!

Marni:  Synesthesia. It’s when you perceive things with different senses. So, it’s kind of like crossed channels in your cognitive pathways. She sees music, basically.

Romeo:  Hum…

Marni:  She sees it as color. So like, different notes, when they were played, would bring on different colors for her.

Romeo:  Interesting!

Marni:  Yeah!

Romeo:  Yeah!

Marni:  It’s kind of fascinating, right? I mean…

Romeo:  And confusing.

Marni:  Well, but it just tells me, like, there’s a deeper meaning to some things. It isn’t just auditory if you listen to music. I mean, you can have a totally different experience with it.

Romeo:  So, it’s like when you look at a painting, and people see two totally different things?

Marni:  Yeah…

Romeo:  It’s kind of like an interpretation, maybe?

Marni:  Well, I kind of feel like it’s more than that, though, because I think she’s tapping into something that not everyone can, and so she experiences things on a deeper level. I just find it fascinating. I’d like to know more about it.

Romeo:  Yeah, I think I might have to enroll in some type of neuroscience class. That does sound fascinating.

Marni:  I’ll take it with you.

 

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Marni tells Romeo that she went to see the symphony with her mom. During the music, her mom closed her eyes. Marni asked if she was OK. Her mom was just fine, but she said that she was tapping into her synesthesia. Romeo has never heard about synesthesia. Marni explains that, for her mom, it means that she sees different colors when she hears different musical notes.

Marni continues to explain. Synesthesia happens when certain cognitive pathways become mixed up. People who have synesthesia perceive things differently with their senses. Romeo asks if it is similar to interpreting art. However, Marni thinks it’s deeper than that because people with synesthesia don’t choose to have it. It just happens. Romeo is interested in learning more and suggests signing up for a neuroscience class.

Do you know someone with synesthesia? What type of synesthesia is most interesting to you?

 

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I don’t know someone with synesthesia.the one who listens to the music and see colors is fascinating.

10:00 AM Apr 26 2017 |

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hermitlady

China

No. I don’t know the person who has synesthesia.  There is no person with synesthesia round me. All about synesthesia I know is from the novel or heard about.


But the synesthesia I comprehended  is about Mysticism which is about life and death and ghost and prophecy and so on. Of course, that is I am most interesting in. even those, I didn’t see or feel  yet, only I heard from others or read from the book, the novel.



I like the story about ghost , about the one’s previous existence, about one’s future. I am really curious the person who can write such story.  How does she or he think of?  I would think the authors who can write the story about ghost and the one’[s previous existence have the synesthsia. 

11:13 PM Apr 25 2017 |

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