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School Passion Project

Jasmine Moller

on 25 March 2015

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Transcript of Synesthesia

Pros of synesthesia:
Though it is obvious is condition wasn't developed by our ancestors need for survival, "synesthetes" are known to have a natural creative advantage when it comes to music, art, and/or writing, among other things. Also, people have reported that it improves their memory for certain things like phone numbers or song lyrics. Finally, in my case, it makes it easier to read and spell, and it is a impressive way to experience the world.
Cons of synesthesia
What is synesthesia?
My synesthesia

I have grapheme synesthesia, which is the most commonly known type among the overall known cases. Yet, mine incorporates personalities and genders with numbers, a rarer type of synesthesia: OLP. Whenever I type words, read, or hear certain names, colors appear in that form. This phenomenon will decrease strength as I reach adulthood. I am researching this topic to learn more about others with this too, and learn more about why it occurs, and this topic is also very intriguing to me for obvious reasons.
My passion project is about:
Passion Project 2014
How I see numbers.....
1- plain, boring, uninteresting (boy)

2- pretty, smart, kind (girl)
3- playful, extroverted, funny (girl)
4- organized, adventurous, bright (boy)
5- stuck-up, popular, bossy (girl)
6- gentle, friendly, calm (boy)
7- selfish, scrawny, know it all (boy)
8- tough, big, jock (boy)
For instance, one would feel something they taste outside their mouth, or hear a noise when they see a letter; these are all examples of types of synesthesia. Although it used to be thought as a rare symptom for most people to develop (1 out of every 25,000 people), almost everyone has at least a mild case in some respects.
Synesthesia is a peculiar condition in which different parts of the brain, usually senses, get cross-wired.
EVERYONE'S synesthesia is COMPLETELY different. Many with synesthesia would probably cringe and rant about how wrong I am, or how that is not the "proper color."
A community of skeptics
9- sweet, shy, introverted (girl)
Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer (musicians) , Victor Hugo (author of Les Miserables), Marilyn Monroe (actress), W.A Mozart (musician/composer), and Edvard Munch (artist of "The Scream" among other pieces) are just a couple of the successful people who are known to have synesthesia.
It is not uncommon for synesthetes to experience difficulties provided by their condition. For instance, if a word and/or number is written in a certain color, or in an order that doesn't "match", one with grapheme synesthesia may find it difficult to concentrate while working because these small factors could cause frustration (like me).
Plus, a synesthete may be viewed as weird or slightly crazy (apparently) since it is very uncommon, so it can sometimes be seen as a symptom, or disease, making one feel uneasy about possessing it.
Though remembering certain things may be easier, but colors or sounds could get mixed up with others that look alike.
Also someone with sound-colour synesthesia would find it distracting when colors are constantly flashing before her eyes, or when you feel something with a nasty taste.
Finally, it is a stereotype yet sometimes true, that synesthetes normally have disadvantages in math and more verbal or analytic matters, like many with natural creative strengths.
Though there is never any proof to fight over.
Hope you enjoyed, and didn't find it boring. If you have any questions about this, I am willing to answer them,
-YouTube video: Numberphile "Synesthesia-Numberphile"

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.personal experience & knowledge
1) It comes naturally. You don't have to tell your brain to use your senses this way, but is impossible to imagine it a normal way.
4) These colours bother you, or the the way this is formatted makes you frustrated, it just feels wrong to use those colors.
2) Often, the secondary synesthetic perception is remembered better than your primary perception, for example: One who always associates the color purple with the name "Laura" will often remember that a woman's name is purple rather than actually remembering "Laura".
3) It is consistent. Your colours/sounds/feelings will always be the same, and doesn't change from day to day unless it has to since maybe a certain word could have blue and pink letters but be orange.
5) This is a common test given to people to judge see if they have synesthesia:
Types of synesthesia
Grapheme Synesthesia:
words, numbers, and letters are associated with a colour.
Music, voices, and other sounds have colours associated with them when heard.
Ordinal-linguistic personification (OLP):
Separate letters & numbers or even months, days, years have genders and/or personalities, no matter what font or color.
My alphabet:
Number form Synesthesia: when one thinks about numbers, a mental map is established in their head.
If you can see the triangle of [red] twos, you have it.
a known taste appears in one mouth when even non-food related words are said.
Auditory Tactile Synesthesia:
sounds induce sensations different parts of the body.

Mirror-touch synesthesia:
pain, or other physical feelings will be experienced literally for them, everyone has this to some extent but for them, it is hyperactive.
Still, synesthetes get confused with others that lack this phenomenon, and sympathize them with their colourless world!
Theoretically, any combination of brain regions are considered forms of synesthesia
Factors they all have in common:
This is a fascinating video by Number-phile explaining what it feels like to have grapheme synesthesia
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