- What is the best view you have ever seen? Please describe it.
- What kind of music do you like listening to?
- ridicule /RID-i-kyool/
- origin /AWR-i-jin/
- involve /in-VOLV/
- concept /KON-sept/
- similarity /sim-uh-LAR-i-tee/
[verb] – to laugh at someone or something in an unkind way
He was often ridiculed for his strange yet interesting opinions.
[noun] – the beginning or cause of something
The origin of the word remains unclear.
[verb] – if an activity, situation, etc. involves something, that thing is a part of the activity, etc.
The job involves workers traveling all over the country.
[noun] – a principle or idea
She was asked to define her concept of beauty.
[noun] – the fact that people or things look or are the same
There is some similarity in the way they perform.
Artists like Pharrell Williams, Wassily Kandinsky, and Vincent van Gogh have all recreated their own synaesthetic experiences in the past. Since the condition is not well-known, many synesthetes are afraid of being ridiculed for their unusual talent. Up until recently, researchers could only guess the origins of synesthesia. The most common kind of synesthesia, according to studies, is colored hearing, which involves recognizing sounds, music, or speech as colors. Most synesthetes say that they perceive these sounds “in the mind’s eye.” The researchers presented one synesthete with simple addition tasks, such as “5 + 2,” and their results showed that solving this mathematical problem triggered the idea of 7. The synesthete became aware of the color associated with that number as a result. Only a small amount of psychologists’ interest in synesthesia is focused on the study of the few individuals who have the condition. “Synesthesia may help us understand how the concept of similarity is embedded within the nervous system,” says Yale University psychologist Larry Marks, Ph.D.
An artist with synaesthesia, Josefa (Pepa) Salas Vilar, notices colors and movements in written words, sounds, and numbers. She claims that she views synaesthesia as an intensifier. “I am a piece of a puzzle, and art is like finding my puzzle.”
- Which artists in the past had synaesthesia?
- According to studies, what is the most common type of synesthesia?
- What did researchers present to a synesthete?
- How did the synesthete respond to the task given to him/her?
- Who is Josefa (Pepa) Salas Vilar?
- Which of the five senses is most important to you? Why?
- What flavors do you like and dislike? Please explain why.
- If you had to describe your hometown by its smell, what would you say?
- Do you agree that synesthesia can help us understand our senses more?
- What is your opinion on artists with synaesthesia?