Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
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Calling all synesthetes!

This is going to take some explaining, so I'll go ahead and throw it out here on its own right now: heyorion is looking for some synesthetes to take a battery of online tests ("All the info I need from people is the synaesthesia battery completed, their age, sex and mother tongue. Sadly, I can't offer any payment, but people get to see their own results afterwards, and they can come back and test how consistent they are if they're into that kind of synaesthesia geekery"). Synesthesia is basically "a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color" (AHD):
In one common form of synesthesia, known as grapheme → color synesthesia or color-graphemic synesthesia, letters or numbers are perceived as inherently colored, while in ordinal linguistic personification, numbers, days of the week and months of the year evoke personalities. In spatial-sequence, or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, and/or days of the week elicit precise locations in space (for example, 1980 may be "farther away" than 1990), or may have a (three-dimensional) view of a year as a map (clockwise or counterclockwise). Yet another recently identified type, visual motion → sound synesthesia, involves hearing sounds in response to visual motion and flicker. (W)
I've talked about synesthesia here before--but reading over this just now, I was kind of surprised to realize that I do most of these (I'd thought I only really did numbers and a couple other things). Numbers, letters, days, months, names, songs and even smells all have distinct colors to me. (BPAL's Siren, which I have in my oil diffuser right now, has a vivid tawny-red-peach color. The month of October is kind of grey-brown with a vermilionish color running through it. 29 is leaf green and [steel? slate?] blue. Wednesday is kind of a greenish blue. Paramore's "Decode" [SHUT UP] is a dark, dim grey-purple, but the word Paramore is kind of a raspberry pink. Actually, words and letters usually appear in a large black Times New Roman font in my mind, although if you sat me down and asked me, say, "What color is the word serendipity?," I could tell you that it's mostly a golden yellow with a little pink in it.) I think it may be that I'm a very visual person--if all you give me in class is a spoken lecture, I am totally at sea--so I tend to translate any other senses into some kind of color or visual. Or vice versa, maybe--that's why I'm a visual person. I don't know. Anyway, if any of this sounds familiar to you ("Bitch, please--Wednesday is red" ), think about heading on over and taking the tests.


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