Fun Fact Friday: Synesthesia is When People Confuse Senses

December 14, 2018


Fun Fact Friday: Synesthesia is When People Confuse Senses

Did you know that people confuse senses? This may sound like something out of the Twilight Zone, or a work of science fiction but it is a real case. Generally, synesthesia is when people confuse their senses, and they can taste sounds, or hear colors. Click to read more about synesthesia.

What is Synesthesia?

Synethesia is when one neurological pathway gets confused with a different pathway. This can be simplified to the pathway that allows for hearing, can be confused with sight, allowing people to hear colors. These people tend to have heightened sensory experiences. Because of these strange feeling connections, synesthesia is closely related and studied in the field of psychology.

How Does the Brain Carry Messages?

Our brain is the central part to our nervous system, and how we process ideas, and images. The eyes are a pathway in which light is reflected to make colors and patterns which is then realized by the brain as an image. When we sense something, the signal is then passed onto the brain allowing us to feel touch, taste, hear, and to see.

Famous People With Synesthesia

There is a long list of celebrities who are also synesthetes. Many people with synesthseia tend to be musicians. Famous musicians with this disorder include Billy Joel, Mary J. Blige, Leonard Bernstein, Alessia Cara, Duke Ellington, Lorde, and Itzhak Perlman, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Charli XCX, and even Eddie Van Halen. Fine artists are also affected by this disorder; both David Hockney and Vincent Van Gogh are confirmed to have had it.

Final Thoughts

Do you or someone you know have synesthesia? Is this a disorder that ‘sounds’ like you may have it? Did you know that it is very common to be found in musicians? Comment below!

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