Synaesthesia: Tasting a Sound

 Diagnosis  Synesthesia, pills and stethoscope.
Imagine you had a cross-wiring
in your brain that caused information to leak from your sense of sounds into
your sense of taste. This could mean that each time you hear C sharp you taste
a sprout. A similar effect might happen across other senses. Words or numbers
could have colours, shapes might have tastes or sounds might have associated
There is a small chance you do
not have to imagine this strange experience as synaesthetes number one in 2,000
people, with women outnumbering men six to one. On a psychology course when
this phenomenon is described, it is often a revelatory experience for one or
two people. Suddenly a person discovers they are not alone in their unusual
experience of the world.
the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks.
Synaesthetes are usually
normal in every way and in fact their unusual brain wiring can have some added
benefits. Some find that their mathematical or musical abilities are enhanced –
check out this story from Wired.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.