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Synesthesia is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report a lifelong history of such experiences are known as synesthetes.

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I've always been intrigued with disorders outside of the norm. When I came across this video, I was blown away. I'm absolutely intrigued by this, and I feel that this video gives a very good description about it. It's informative yet interesting. I definitely suggest giving it a view!

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Andrew McMahon wrote this song after battling leukemia. Sometimes surgical procedures on the brain can result in people acquiring synesthesia, but McMahon actually just heard about a patient who developed it after surgery to remove a tumor. He kept note of the patient's experience and later wrote this song. :)

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What Does "Happy" Look Like?

Pharrell Williams, who has sound-color synesthesia, explains how his latest songs, "Happy," looks: "The yellow part is the verses, and then the red… well, I could be wrong; it’s not red, it’s more like orange, but then it’s a little pink, a little rainbow-y, because of the minor chords or whatever. Those minor chords give me a more exotic set of colors. When you hear that “because I’m happyyy…” that part? Those harmonies, each one of those harmonies sort of has a color." (continued) "...Whereas the verses are very triangle-y and yellow. And I know all of this sounds so crazy to people who are probably listening! But trust me when I tell you this, it’s not just me. There are so many musicians and so many artists who see music in colors.

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Singer, songwriter, and producer Pharrell Williams has chromesthesia, better known as sound-color synesthesia. His 2008 album "Seeing Sounds" is inspired by synesthetic experiences.

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Here's an intro to a stunning documentary about sound-sight synesthesia, a form of syn in which sounds trigger visual responses. Just think of how fascinating it would be if you saw glittering yellow sparks shaped like asterisks every time your best friend laughed out loud... You can see the whole documentary from this link:

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A video from TED narrated by Dr. Richard E. Cytowic!

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Motown artist Stevie Wonder has a form of sound-color synesthesia and can actually perceive color because of "crossmodal perception." or a cross activation of two adjacent associative senses. Read more by going to the link below. Info courtesy of unc,edu

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It is possible to experience phenomenon similar to synesthesia while taking drugs like LSD. But don't do drugs....

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I have color-grapheme synesthesia, so I associate specific colors with letters and numbers. When I was in middle school, I tried to teach myself Japanese (just because). I learned hiragana and katakana, and some kanji. I quickly realized that the characters I learned have colors corresponding to the sound! The hiragana character "A" (pronounced "ah" as an "fall") is red, just like the English letter A. I can recognize characters based on their color. This is probably because of the corresponding English spelling of the characters I learned, but I'm not sure...

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"Daniel Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia -- meaning that his perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. The author of "Born on a Blue Day," Tammet shares his art and his passion for languages in this glimpse into his beautiful mind." -TEDTalksDirector

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