Thursday, October 12, 2006

Smell that letter, a synesthesia experiment

For a small percentage of the population, letters or numbers are associated with particular smells or colors; words have flavors, sounds are perceived in color, numbers exist in a mental spatial pattern, or ordered objects have their own unique personalities.

Synesthesia is a neurological condition that results in a difference in perception; it's not exactly a disorder or a disease since it doesn't necessarily have negative consequences--in fact, it could be a positive thing. Imagine if everytime you saw the color blue you experienced a pleasant scent.

Checkout these fun experiments on synesthesia and decide for yourself the color of a lion's roar:


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