Synesthesia for the Rest of Us

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Synesthesia causes people to hear music -– or see letters or numbers -– in color. Neuroscience is beginning to unravel what’s going on in the brains of people with this cerebral phenomenon, but hasn’t yet explained why the genetic mutation exists. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UC San Diego, has a theory, as he explains to producer Michael May.

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Michael May

Comments [1]

Sandy from Grand Rapids MI

Thank you for this story! I didn't know synethsesia was "wierd" until I was in college. My English professor described it and it was then that I realized not all people have this "affliction". My sister and I both have it and when we were very young we'd have arguments, " E is green" "no it's not, it's orange" " 5 isn't red it's blue" " Beth is yellow " "that song is so pink"

Feb. 06 2008 01:26 PM

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