• Anika Goyal

The Science Behind: Synesthesia

Synesthesia is a condition that causes a person to process data in the form of many senses all at once.


For example, a person with this condition can feel things but can also taste them at the same time. I know this sounds made up, but synesthesia is 100% real.


But how does synesthesia even happen?


Well, this condition is developed automatically as soon as you are born or sometime later in life, and it can be inherited if a family member also has synesthesia, but this doesn’t happen with every person.


The visual area of a synesthete's brain is activated by color, and the other parts of their brain which are related to their 5 senses are also activated. Sometimes synesthesia can get activated if you are taking any drugs such as Mescaline or even consuming caffeine or alcoholic beverages.


My opinion on this topic is that synesthesia is often mistaken as a disorder or disease, but it’s actually a gift for many people, as many famous people themselves have synesthesia, a few examples being Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, and many others. It has helped them make their music better, and are now known for their great songs.


According to the American Psychological Association, “Research suggests that about one in 2,000 people are synesthetes, and some experts suspect that as many as one in 300 people have some variation of the condition.”


I hope you learned something new today.


Keep wondering…


References:


https://www.livescience.com/60707-what-is-synesthesia.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/synesthesia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_with_synesthesia

https://www.apa.org/monitor/mar01/synesthesia#:~:text=Research%20suggests%20that%20about%20one,some%20variation%20of%20the%20condition.


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