I just looked it up, and I have it too, though I didn't realise it was another kind of synaethesia!
Basically it's when, if you think about the days of the week, or different years, or the past/future, they are visualised in sort of map-like way. You could point to the space that Tuesday occupies, or describe the direction that the passage of time follows. For example - when I think about time, I'm standing on 2012, looking permanently into the past of a long timeline that slants downwards to my left.
I do this too! I often confuse words beginning with or containing a prominent F, W or T because they're all green letters. Those are my worst ones, although A and E are both yellow and that can be a bit annoying too.
(Original post by lightburns)
I mix up words that are really similar (Biology/Sociology, Exeter/Warwick, etc. are pretty much the same words). People look at me funny when I say "it's a university, not Warwick, but it starts with a W. Or a really similar letter, like E or X or something..... Ohh! Exeter! See, I was close with Warwick."
Last edited by darkestskies; 23-01-2012 at 15:09.
Really rather well!
I don't suppose mortals can actually imagine it, but a crude description would be that it's like having a complex and navigable/manipulable calendar visible in my mind almost like it's real in front of me, with a very particular geometry and structure which I can zoom in and out of and scroll through forwards or backwards as I wish, at whatever magnification (e.g. seconds to decades). It's invoked any time I consider time or dates past, present or future and can be overwhelming sometimes.
I "enjoy" similar constructs for numbers and maths, the alphabet, and so on.
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How do you see concepts in space/time? Just interested because I have no idea how that works, and I guess people who have that will see it very differently. So you might be very different to other people's answers on this thread.
(Original post by LipstickKisses)
I tend to colour whole numbers. So 34 won't be a coloured 3 and a coloured 4, it'll just be the colour of 3. So when two people give me phone numbers that start with the same number, I'll get them mixed up. Other than that it's great for memory. I also see concepts in space/time and hear colours.
I have before got off at 'Surrey Quays' rather than my stop 'Canada Water' because I realised too late that they were different things. It's not just memory that synaesthesia can screw around with
Fortunately there was another train in a few minutes, and they're only one stop apart, but imagine if you did that with an hourly train.
Last edited by lightburns; 23-01-2012 at 19:44.
I perceive numbers and letters as colours, but its odd, I dont really get it with new symbols from maths I see - I percieve them all black like ink, so I must have developed this when I was younger. Its a bit annoying sometimes when you get mixed up between the spellings of words because certain letters have similar colours. In words, each character has it's own colour, but the first letter is dominant and from a distance (in my mind) apears as that colour
Last edited by Tobedotty; 23-01-2012 at 19:50.
Okay, fair enough.
(Original post by .snowflake.)
We don't. Some of us may well find that we see certain things the same way. For example, those who associate colours with letters, we may well agree that A is red. But to me o is pale blue, but to someone else it might be a horrid shade of lime green with too much yellow in it.
I can taste words, anything with umlauts in tastes like licquorice, which is annoying, because i dont like it. and using/ thinking abou tthe imperfect (simple past tense) feels like i'm eating marshmallows...
It would be interesting if you all "saw" a particular letter as the same colour though. Because that would mean it is more than just activation of a different part of the brain. It would suggest that synaesthetes are actually able to extract real information that is inaccessible to the average person. Might even be able to have your own secret language - writing in blobs of colour rather than in letters
Most of the time my senses are what you'd expect them to be. I "see" sights and I "hear" sounds. But occasionally some things don't quite work like that. For example, to me, the opening notes of this song are very "round/circular". Or, I also once thought that a certain girl's perfume smelled like "pink spheres". I don't know if that's synaesthesia, or if it's something anyone would have picked up on, or if it's just me being weird
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