December 1, 2011

Hearing Colors: Is There an Evolutionary Benefit?

Ker Than, National Geographic


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A neural condition that tangles the senses so that people hear colors and taste words could yield important clues to understanding how the brain is organized, according to a new review study.

This sensory merger, called synesthesia, was first scientifically documented in 1812 but was widely misunderstood for much of its history, with many experts thinking the condition was a form of mild insanity.

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TAGGED: Creativity, Synesthesia

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