Synesthesia: More Insights (03-07-18)

Synesthesia is relatively common, and new research is shedding light on why some people experience it and others don’t.  As a recent press release from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics reports, “1 in 25 people have synaesthesia, perceiving the world in unusual ways. An experience with one sense automatically leads to perception in another sense: for example, seeing colours when listening to music. . . . researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the University of Cambridge. . . . studied families with synaesthesia, and describe genetic changes that might contribute to their differences in sensory experience.”  More details on synesthesia, “Some people with synaesthesia may see sounds, while others may taste them or feel them as shapes. This kind of sensory cross-talk comes in many forms, and develops during early childhood.”  Simon Fisher is the lead author on the study reporting these findings, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Seeing Sounds:  Researchers Uncover Molecular Clues for Synaesthesia.”  2018.  Press release, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,