Thunderbird4! wrote:I associate (unwillingly mind you) sounds with colors (I just get blotches of color in my peripheral vision when someone is talking). The shapes and colors differ with my mood, their tone, their pitch, their accent, what it is they're talking about and any outside noises.
Quite useful sometimes, only way I have to tell apart a couple identical twins, john is usually gray and blobby whereas jason is forest green and sharper. The girl I desire to ask out shows up as a light red (not quite pink) every time but the shape differs slightly, usually stays kinda flowerish.
Wow. It's like you have a secondary processor, and an extra input channel. Can you get colors without actually listening to what they are saying? Like, the color will help you decide whether what someone is saying sounds interesting enough to pay attention? That's just... impressive, and interesting.
Not necessarily related, but has anyone heard of a female genetic trait where the eyes have 4 types of cones (color detectors) instead of 3? Apparently they can see extra depth in colors that we 3 coned people could never imagine.
Yes, women have an extra cone and can see deeper colours, hence them telling you that the colour on the wall is nothing like what they picked out when it clearly is. I think they tested it on brainiac by throwing tennis balls at people from a tennis ball coloured wall, I forget what the results were though.
Back to synaesthesia though. What the hell is all this about loose definitions of synaesthesia? It's very simple, if two senses are combined, you're synaesthetic (syn = together aisthesis = sense/perception), so if you see colours and/or shapes when you hear sounds your hearing and vision are combining, if you see cauliflour and taste shit you can either already smell it or your vision, taste and/or smell are combining.
Either way, I am not, that I know of, synaesthetic (though I once had a friend who would assure people that you know what something tastes like by looking at it and I've since gotten to wondering if he was) but I would say that if you see shapes and colours with sounds, it makes sense to chart them out, being that you might train yourself to become pitch perfect which means that you'll be able to piss off all your friends that are talented musicians (But this score says B#, why are you playing a C?)