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Can you explain synesthesia?

I've heard about it but I can't really get a grasp on the topic, can you explain it in detail?

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I have synesthesia. In my opinion it's like listening to music: the music is sound AND emotion at once, even though sound and emotion are two totally different things. They morph together and become one. That's what synesthesia is like... To me, anyway.

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Interesting...
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That sounds more like the feeling I get when I feel inspiration. Would you say that synesthesia is anything like inspiration?
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King - Yep. :) Anything else?
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Penguin - Emotion actually isn't what most people think it is. Usually it's thought of as a reaction to the outside world. In some cases, that's true. But in many cases, it's actually the PERCEPTION of the outside world. Emotion is how we recognize things; family members, friends, politicians, etc. This goes to show that it's not always reaction, but perception. To our brain, something we see can not only make US happy or sad (etc.) but it itself can BE happy or sad (etc). So when you feel inspired, I think what happens is whatever inspires you, LOOKS inspiring to your brain.
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I guess, all around, emotional phenomena can be an example of synesthesia. :)
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Interesting... Until now, I have never heard or even read the word synesthesia. Just after posting that comment, I went researching this, and I found an online test. As I read, most people who have it have no idea because it has always been a part of them ,therefore, seeming normal. So, I have decided I will take the test. Regardless of the results, I will have learned of something new.
Kingborris - Thanks for asking this question
MadMarcus15 - Thanks for answering this question, and mine.
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Penguin, that's a good mindset. And you're welcome.
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No, Borris, I cannot. Just thought I'd say hi!

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Hi Hondo! How are you?
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Doing great! It's the weekend! Party time!
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Glad to hear! When Friday arrives, stress is off and fun is on!
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I have sight-sound synesthesia. It is a a recently discovered form of synesthesia. I can hear motion. For example, if I watch a silent video, I can hear sounds that go with motion. It's hard to explain

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Thats very strange
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Wow girl! Is it a distraction, or a gift?
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Borris don't you dare say I'm strange!!!
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I meant synesthesia is strange not you O.o oops:/
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Oh, Lol! Well, I'm sorry i got mad at you
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It's all good, have a nice day!
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Haha thanks you too! ^_^
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Sandcastle, I have that type, too. :) Mine is associative. What about yours?
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I didn't know that sight-sound synesthesia could be classified as either associative or projective. I don't really know which kind I am. Lol!
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Lol if moving objects or changing visuals make noise, and if the noise comes directly from them, it's projective. If the moving objects and changing visuals make noise in your head (as opposed to outside), it's associative. If you don't know which one it is, it might take some observation time. But you'll get it.
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By the way I've met other synesthetes before but I never thought I'd meet a fellow hearing-motion synesthete. I hold high worth to this conversation. :):):)
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Thanks for the explanation. I am associative like you too! That's so cool how we both have the same exact kind! ^_^ And did you ever watch the diagnoses video for motion-hearing synesthesia? You can find it on youtube. The video is a black background with white dots that move. I want to know what it sounded like to you when you watch the dots move. Maybe it'll sound the same to both of us?
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The image as a whole sounds like a very deep "woop" noise. The outward motion is higher in pitch than the inward motion.
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Each individual dot makes a deep noise that sounds like something rubbing against fabric.
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I think there's a science to what I hear. Up motions go higher in pitch, down motions go lower. Larger objects and visual details make deeper, more bass-set noises than smaller ones. Actually, if an object or visual detail is small enough, it sounds like static or maybe a little bit like pouring beads onto a hard wood floor.
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That's really interesting! And with me, It sounded like wooshing sounds as the circles went in and out. It went from a higher to a lower pitch. It sounded just like somebody breathing!
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Cool! You should look up timbre (the sound) and examples of it. I think it has a lot to do with the behavior of hearing-motion.
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Do you have any other types of synesthesia?
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Haha no. I only have the motion hearing synesthesia. And I only found that out recently. Do you have any other kinds?

-And by the way, there is a really cool video if you want to watch it. It's called "hearing with your eyes"
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I'll watch that sometime. :)
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I have at least a few types. Not sure how many because they're kind of vague—all I know is that I hear vision and all things inside me (touch, emotion, etc.), shapes have personalities, and there's an aura around me all the time whose location, color, and personality change daily.
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I think the "aura" phenomenon might involve the perceptions of person, place and time (which all normally manifest together).
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That's really interesting! :)
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Thank you. :)
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Synesthetes tend to be very interested in knowledge. Do you have a favorite subject in school? What do you want to go to college for?
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My favorite subjects are science and english. I love writing stories and poems! And I have a fascination for astronomy. I study astronomy and go star gazing all the time!
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That's cool! Especially writing. Writers impress me. :)
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In a TV program I heard it explained like this: it's basically a "wrongly wired" brain what causes it. Different sections in the brain are tasked with processing different sensations, like hearing, view, smelling and a lot of other ones. Activity in a certain section triggers reactions in another using pathways designed for that purpose, if the sensations are related that is normal. But in some people those pathways got somehow mixed up, and a acoustic signal triggers a reaction in the visual cortex, for example. I had that when I was younger, too. A loud noise would make me see kind of a flash, like a lightning when you have your eyes closed. But over the years that disappeared. Some people have extreme forms of synesthesia though. On TV they showed a guy to whom words have a taste, or a woman who hears in different colors. Really weird stuff... but our brains are weird by nature.

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I believe you about having synesthesia when you were younger. Some people lose it as they grow. Can I ask, is it a shame to have lost it?
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I don't miss it, if that's what you mean. It wasn't something I could control, anyway. Not like "lets turn up the music, then I'll see some funky flashes". It happened when I was relaxed, like having just gone to bed, and then someone outside slammed a car door shut. A unexpected, short noise. I can't even tell when exactly it stopped, but it's a long time ago that I last noticed it.
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I have at least a few types of synesthesia and two times in my life I've experienced more types of synesthesia via hallucinations. I don't remember what the first hallucination brought, but the second one turned direction into noise. I saw a winding road and each part of it had its own pitch and timbre according to its direction.
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