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A Mango-Shaped Space - Wikipedia
"A Mango-Shaped Space is a 2003 young adult novel by Wendy Mass. The book received the American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award in 2004.[1] It has since been nominated for, and received, a number of other awards.[2] The hand lettering for the cover is by Billy Kelly. The book is recommended for grades 5-8. A 7 hours long audiobook version, narrated by Danielle Ferland, has been produced.

The plot centers around Mia Winchell, a thirteen-year-old girl living with synesthesia, a jumbling of the senses: Words and sounds have color for her. The novel is about her experiences with synesthesia and the problems it causes her in school, with friends, and her ultimately winning the understanding of her family and peers."
books  ya  toread  via:caitlin  2003  synesthesia 
7 weeks ago by robertogreco
Hack Circus: Synesthesia
"LJ Rich is a classically-trained composer, music technologist and journalist who has recently started speaking publicly about her synaesthesia and perfect pitch. Everything in LJ's world is musical, and she shares some of her extraordinary experiences in this exclusive interview – which includes an original composition based on part of this conversation, and a 'glitching session' with Leila that transforms the streets of London into a gloriously strange living soundscape."
2014  soundscapes  ljrich  sound  music  synesthesia  leilajohnston 
november 2016 by robertogreco
Magnetic Letters Taught Us More Than How to Spell
"Psychologists are still studying “colored hearing.” They call it synesthesia, and it’s expanded to include more than just colors associated with hearing a letter spoken out loud. Associations between letters and colors are the most common form of synesthesia, but you can also get associations between numbers and colors, sounds and smells, even swimming styles and colors.

In 2012, Nathan Witthoft, then a Ph.D. student in psychology at MIT, put group of synesthetes through a series of color-matching tests. During the course of the study, he noticed something odd.  “For this one person, every sixth letter was the same color,” he said. “When I asked them why, they said they had learned it from this toy”—specifically, from the plastic letters included in Fisher-Price’s School Days Desk playset.

Today, those plastic letters are at the center of a scientific debate over what synesthesia is and how it begins. For more than a century scientists have been asking how synesthetes’ brains make connections between colors and letters. Now, it turns out that question could have implications for everyone—how we learn and how we remember.

The School Days Desk came out in 1972. It was one of the first projects toy designer Victor Reiling worked on for Fisher-Price. Just a couple years before, Reiling had been the captain of a Navy ship stationed off the coast of Vietnam."
synesthesia  children  childhood  2016  psychology  colors  toys  letters  words  maggiekoerth-baker  marycalkins  nathanwitthoft 
march 2016 by robertogreco
Netta Marshall - Layers 2015 on Vimeo
"Netta discusses her relationship with color as a designer and synesthete."
nettamarshal  color  2015  synesthesia  design 
january 2016 by robertogreco
Sensory Substitution
"Can sensory data be fed through unusual sensory channels? And can the brain learn to extract the meaning of such information streams?

Yes and yes. Sensory substitution is a non-invasive technique for circumventing the loss of one sense by feeding its information through another channel. We are leveraging this technique to develop a non-invasive, low-cost vibratory vest to allow those with deafness or severe hearing impairments to perceive auditory information through small vibrations on their torso."
senses  synesthesia  visualisation  informationdavideagleman  substitution 
october 2015 by robertogreco
"Kids move through the world around them in imaginative ways that most adults gradually lose. Bug is a musical instrument everyone can use to look at the world. Bug is easy to use. Point it at your room or the world, tap the screen, and walk around. Bug turns what you see into pure color, and color into music. For kids and grownups.

1. Hold your phone up to an object, or just hold it in the air.

Start with a colorful object in a brightly lit room or outside. Your screen will show the color of that object, or just the color of the space Bug is in. Make sure your phone is at least a few inches from the object. Bug’s eye is the camera on the back of your phone, so be sure not to block the lens!

2. Touch the screen.

Try holding your finger on the screen and moving the phone from one color to another. Or try tapping the screen repeatedly. Bug only plays music while your finger is on the screen. Make sure your phone is not on mute and its volume is up!

How does it work?
Bug makes each color of the spectrum correspond to a musical tone. Red is the lowest note because it is the lowest frequency color. Violet is the highest note because it’s the highest frequency color that we can see. Yellow and green are in the middle. Try clicking this spectrum to make it full screen, and use it to play your own song with your Bug.

What else can I do with Bug?
See the videos above for some ideas. Arrange some colored objects or papers on a table. By moving Bug from one color to another while you tap or touch the screen, you can learn to play songs, or find songs in the world.

Try pointing Bug at something that moves or flashes, while your finger is on the screen. Try Bug in the car, on the ground, in your bed or at the park, in your favorite spots or some new spots.

Different rooms, environments, weather conditions, and times of day have different kinds of light. Let Bug help you see and hear the differences. Bug is great when you’re in a new place on vacation.

Form a quartet of Bugs with some friends, or take turns to see who can find the silliest things to play with Bug. Combine with other musical instruments that you already have or can temporarily invent."

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synesthesia  color  sound  applications  ios  ios7  music 
april 2015 by robertogreco
Lots of Cases of Synesthesia Are Based on Alphabet Magnets
"Although the first description of synesthesia dates back to ancient Greece, researchers still don’t know what causes some people to perceive two senses at the same time. Previous studies have shown that, surprisingly, it may be a learned association: a certain Fisher-Price alphabet magnet set manufactured from 1971-1990 directly maps onto some adult synesthetes’ color associations. In the current study, researchers wanted to see just how widespread this similarity was."
synesthesia  childhood  children  toys  2015 
march 2015 by robertogreco
My Synesthesia Types | Synesthesia & Such
"Hello everyone! I decided that it was time to make a post about my synesthesia types. Many synesthetes will have many types of synesthesia, and I am one of them! I have 5 types (that I know of) (EDIT) : I have discovered that I have 6 (SECOND EDIT) : I may have a 7th type (THIRD EDIT) : I have a 8th type (FOURTH EDIT): I have 9 types , and some of them are weaker than the others. I don’t know if I have others, since I only just discovered I have synesthesia about nine or ten days ago. I won’t write too much about my types, since I will be doing separate posts for pretty much every type of synesthesia and I’ll explain them more in depth later.

Grapheme-color (numbers-colors, letters-colors)

My grapheme-color synesthesia is probably my weakest type. Only 7 letters have colors, and only the numbers 0 to 9, and 17 have a color. For the other numbers, they have a color, but I need to focus to pinpoint them. As you can see for my letters, they have kind of weird colors (the letter m isn’t that exact shade, and the c has a bit more of a turquoise tint to it). My z is kind of like a ‘moving’ rainbow. My numbers can be yellow, white or a dark blue.

Spatial sequence (days of the week, dates and memories)

My spatial sequence is with the days of the week, but also the way I remember my memories. It’s as if I’m… reaching into files that are interconnected… I’ll ‘jump’ from memory to memory… like actually jump in my head. All the memories (and years and dates I have to remember for history) are connected in some tiny way that only makes sense to me, and that has always helped me remember things.

Ordinal-linguistic personification (OLP) (numbers-personalities)

Pretty much every number has a personality, although most of them are really ‘faint’. And my personalities are simple; the numbers are either neutral, good or bad. They have some ‘degrees’ of good or bad, for example 7 is a really bad number, any irrational number too. 17 is the best, and that makes it my favorite number. None of my letters have personalities.

Mirror-touch (touch, pain and emotions)

My mirror-touch synesthesia, even though it’s a bit weak, it’s way more present in my life, and I now notice it way more. When somebody gets touched, I can feel kind of a tickle. Sometimes I won’t notice it, since it’s a part of my life. When I’m watching a horror movie (I only watched one in all my life and HATED it), I’m always so tense sand I don’t feel good at all. When somebody gets hurt, I’ll feel an extreme discomfort in that place in my body, and I noticed that I always need to shake it to get the feeling out of my body. Mirro-touch also affects my empathy. I always over-empathize! It’s just ridicule!

Ticker-tape (English and French)

Even though it sounds weird, Ticker-tape synesthesia is actually my ‘favorite’ synesthesia. And, it’s also my ‘strongest’. I love it, since it helps me remember things better. Since it’s a rare type of synesthesia, it’s not really well know. Well, basically, when somebody talks, I see ‘subtitles’ of the words they are speaking. It can get annoying when either I just don’t want to listen to someone, or that TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE TALKING AT THE SAME TIME. When too many people are talking at the same time, I’m like : asdfghjkl; and my ticker-tape goes WILD, and I have a hard time concentrating on one of the conversations.

I love my synesthesia. Pretty much any synesthete will tell you that. It can sometimes bug me a little, but most of the time, it helps me! I wish everyone could experience it!

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below!

(EDIT): I have discovered that I have a sixth type of synesthesia; mirror-emotion. It’s similar to mirror-touch, except… you guessed it…. with emotions! I’d say this type is as strong, if not stronger, than my ticker-tape synesthesia.

(SECOND EDIT) : New type : Mirror-sound.

(THIRD EDIT) : ANOTHER new type : Mirror-kinetics

(FOURTH EDIT) : I have nine types, since mirror-touch and mirror-pain aren’t the same"
synesthesia  via:alexismadrigal  2013 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia | The Public Domain Review
"Grounded in the theory that ideas, emotions, and even events, can manifest as visible auras, Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater’s Thought-Forms (1901) is an odd and intriguing work. Benjamin Breen explores these “synesthetic” abstractions and asks to what extent they, and the Victorian mysticism of which they were born, influenced the Modernist movement that flourished in the following decades."

"These sorts of underlying associations between words, colors and sounds were precisely what motivated Thought-Forms. In other words, the book was about synesthesia. The illustration of the music of Mendelssohn reproduced above, for instance, depicts yellow, red, blue and green lines rising out of a church. This, Leadbeater and Besant explain, “signifies the movement of one of the parts of the melody, the four moving approximately together denoting the treble, alto, tenor and bass respectively.” Moreover, “the scalloped edging surrounding the whole is the result of various flourishes and arpeggios, and the floating crescents in the centre represent isolated or staccato chords.” Color and sound had become commingled.

Yet Leadbeater and Besant intended not only to visualize sound, but to demonstrate their distinctive psychic gifts: the ability to detect spiritual “vibrations” of ideas, emotions and sounds as visual forms. This, in other words, was a sort of spiritual synesthesia, as much a religious act as a neurological one."
synesthesia  art  history  occult  religion  anniebesant  charlesleadbeater  benjaminbreen  mysticism  modernism  belief  color  sound  perception  via:alexismadrigal 
march 2014 by robertogreco
Modern Luxury | Riviera San Diego | Salk It to Me
"Is the Salk Institute’s architecture overrated? I don’t think it’s overrated at all. When I saw crumbling Greek temples overlooking the sea, all I could think of was a thousand years from now Kahn’s buildings will still be here.

How does architecture challenge the eye and brain? Architecture is so multidimensional. We’re much better at, say, reading faces; we quickly respond to a wild animal threat or a person’s mood.

Vision and synesthesia? I’ve been told I have a very special form of synesthesia: I have an oval-shaped [mental] map that I can readily visualize that represents the days of the week: Saturday is white, Sunday is yellow, Monday is blue, etcetera. Functionally, it’s a very handy thing to have.

Latest journal article? An essay in the January issue of Leonardo about the sensory tricks I experienced when I visited a chapel in Naples to see a celebrated, life-size marble sculpture of the shrouded body of Jesus. It’s an extraordinary piece of art and one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen.

Ideal S.D. weekend? I love the solitude of the Carrizo Badlands in Anza-Borrego. I have hiked and camped there. The stars are magical and humbling.

Surprise us... One of my favorite things to do is to stand with my son under the Lindbergh Field flight path at the corner of Laurel and Pacific Highway. There’s nothing like a 50-ton machine roaring by 100 feet above your head."
lajolla  sandiego  anza-borrego  tomalbright  neuroscience  salkinstitute  synesthesia  2013  friends 
march 2013 by robertogreco
The Setup / Jack Cheng
"What would be your dream setup?

I was going to say it'd be great to have access to a wider variety of spaces to work from, but I realized I should just get out more because I live in New York City, a place overflowing with such spaces. I was at the Morgan Library a few weeks ago, taken aback by Pierpont Morgan's study, with its secret vaults, couches upholstered in lush velvet, and ornately framed renaissance paintings hanging on walls clad in red damask, all enveloping a desk that was over a hundred years old. It's the kind of place where you feel like you should be sitting with a quill pen drafting a constitution. From behind that desk, I thought to myself: it'd be pretty rad to sit here and write poop jokes.

Sometimes I also daydream about tools that don't exist yet, tools that light up different parts of your brain when you use them. I want a piano that plays colors or a typewriter that clacks smells. I want a pencil that scribbles stardust, an edible notebook whose flavor profile changes based on what you write inside. I want tools that make me feel like I'm trudging through the mud, tools that require some kind of physical mastery, that feel alive when you use them, like a cowhand's steed. Why do we have to slouch here in front of these glowing screens? Why can't the work we do be a higher expression of beauty, both mentally and physically, possess the grace an olympian propelling herself backwards over a wobbling high jump bar? What if web design was a full-contact sport?

But in reality, my ideal setup would produce a certain feeling, a feeling that arises when the space is so familiar you no longer notice it, when the tool melts into you and becomes an extension of your mind or body. There's this sense of harmony with the world, things crystalize in your wake, coming together almost impossibly, like throwing up a handful of toothpicks and having it land in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. And what I have currently-this combination pen and paper and glass and silicon, this assemblage of interchangeable tools, of well-worn routines with intermittent flux-sets up those moments beautifully."
synesthesia  senses  exploration  tools  routines  2012  thesetup  jackcheng  usesthis 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Synesthesia's blended senses -
"The study of synesthesia has helped shift the way scientists think about the brain. In the past, they have focused on matching different areas with specific functions; now, the entire organ is viewed as a tapestry of interwoven connections.

"The whole system is a giant network," Eagleman says. "It's no longer sufficient to think about single areas in isolation."

Like synesthesia, many neurological disorders — such as schizophrenia, autism,Alzheimer's disease, depression and epilepsy — have been linked to abnormal communication between brain regions. The hope is that as neuroscientists learn about how the connections in the synesthetic brain differ from those in normal brains, they will also gain insight into how these differences develop — and how they sometimes manifest as harmful disorders."
davideagleman  sensoryprocessingdysfunction  depression  epilepsy  alzheimers  schizophrenia  autism  music  sudio  sounds  smells  colors  numbers  ucsd  networks  senses  brain  neuroscience  2012  synesthesia 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Synesthesia: Can You Taste the Difference Between Sounds? | PRI's The World
"Audio extra: Test yourself, can you taste the sounds?

Oxford University psychologist Charles Spence studies human senses and how they interact. In recent studies, he had people smell wines and sample chocolate, and then match the different aromas and flavors to different musical sounds.

He found that people tend to associate sweet tastes with high-pitched notes and the sounds of a piano. People match bitter flavors with low notes and brass instruments.

Spence wondered if he could put this finding to use. Could he use music to influence what people smell or taste?"
music  flavor  theworld  audio  sounds  smells  smell  taste  jamespetrie  2012  daphnemaurer  charlesspence  senses  synesthesia 
february 2012 by robertogreco
The Syllabi: Researching Synesthesia
"The cause of synesthesia is still subject to research, but it’s generally believed to be the result of a genetic mutation on the X chromosome, explaining its dominance in woman and high heritability. Some researchers think its heritability could suggest an evolutionary benefit. Sickle cell anemia, for example, can be deadly, but also provides malaria immunity. Does synesthesia provide a similar benefit?

It might if you’re a mathmetician or an artist. One of the peculiarities of some forms of synesthesia is that equations are visualised in 3D space, which might help someone like physicist Richard Feynmann, another famous synesthete, with his work. David Hockney, also a synesthete, once told Robert Burton that when he was designing a piece of art intended to accompany a production of a Maurice Ravel piece, he listened to the relevant section of the score and “the tree painted itself.” It’s also been suggested that savants like Daniel Tammett get their incredible skills from…"
vladimirnabokov  danieltammett  davidhockney  vsramachandran  davideagleman  neuroscience  synesthesia  2012  richardfeynman 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Synaesthesia on Vimeo
"Synaesthesia a phenomonon involving the blending of the senses. This short follows a character throughout his life and his experiences of being a synaesthete.

Created as a final year project at Massey University 2011"
2011  animation  synesthesia 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Swan Swan Hummingbird
"I don’t believe that songs have to be perfectly understood to be enjoyed. The lyrics wander, with layers of references no one could fully understand unless they’re Michael Stipe. But of all the song’s mysteries, the one I’ve thought about most is the first three words. What the hell does “Swan Swan Hummingbird” mean? Now, after 20 years of it rattling around in my head, I think I finally know."
derekpowazek  rem  music  problemsolving  slow  slowthinking  slowhunches  2011  realizations  lyrics  meaningmaking  synesthesia  poetry 
december 2011 by robertogreco
A Mango-Shaped Space - Wikipedia
"A Mango-Shaped Space (2003) is a novel by Wendy Mass. It is about Mia Winchell, a thirteen-year-old girl living with synesthesia. Her synesthesia causes her problems in school, with friends, and winning the understanding of her parents and peers. The book received the American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award in 2004[1]. It has since been nominated for, and received, a number of other awards[2]."
books  fiction  synesthesia  toread  via:charmaine  yaliterature  youngadult 
september 2011 by robertogreco
TED | Speakers | Vilayanur Ramachandran
"Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran looks deep into the brain’s most basic mechanisms. By working with those who have very specific mental disabilities caused by brain injury or stroke, he can map functions of the mind to physical structures of the brain."

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brain  neuroscience  philosophy  lajolla  sandiego  ucsd  salkinstitute  synesthesia  phantomlimbs  body  bodyimage  senses  creativity  vilayanurramachandran  bodies 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Martian Colors | Cosmic Variance
"They found a synesthete who was color blind...subject had problems with retina that left him able to distinguish only extremely narrow range of wavelengths...But when he saw certain numbers, he experienced colors he otherwise never saw."
synesthesia  perception  neuroscience  color  psychology  science 
november 2007 by robertogreco
TED | TEDBlog: The center of our minds: Vilayanur Ramachandran on
"He discusses three specific syndromes: phantom limb pain, synesthesia (when people hear color or smell sounds), and the Capgras delusion, when brain-damaged people believe their closest friends and family have been replaced with imposters."
synesthesia  brain  neuroscience  science  phantomlimbpain  amputees  psychology 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Wired 15.04: Mixed Feelings
"See with your tongue. Navigate with your skin. Fly by the seat of your pants (literally). How researchers can tap the plasticity of the brain to hack our 5 senses — and build a few new ones."
body  brain  cognitive  senses  synesthesia  tactile  tangible  technology  human  hacks  data  perception  psychology  neuroscience  science  research  input  future  evolution  engineering  sensory  haptics  bodies 
may 2007 by robertogreco

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