Synesthesia – multi-sensory cognition
For the past couple years, I must confess to having a bit of a fascination with synesthesia. I think my interest with synesthesia stems from my highly visual form of thinking and understanding, whereby my visual cortex I think plays a greater role in understanding and cognition that for many.
The Extraordinary Case of Daniel Tammet
My initial exposure to synesthesia came when I watched the following videos on YouTube of a British autistic savant named Daniel Tammet (who has a mild form of autism):
Daniel has also written a book about his experiences, titled Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant.
Hearing Colors – Elisabeth Sulser
The next video is Elisabeth Sulser, a synesthete from Switzerland that hears colors, in a way that profoundly enhances her longer-term memory capabilites. Here’s the video:
The videos above are excerpts from a Discovery Channel production titled The Real Superhumans and the Quest for the Future Fantastic. For another fascinating segment in this series, see Extraordinary People – The boy who sees without eyes [1/5].