The Gandhi Essay

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Awareness of Synesthesia 1Awareness of SynesthesiaBirvaben PatelPsy-1010July 15, 2014AbstractSynesthesia came from a Greek word which means "joined perception." Smell, touch, vision, taste, and hearing, all five senses somehow connected to each other in Synesthesia. While observing one object, synesthetic experiences two or three different senses at the same time. This neuron-connectivity changes the perception to perceive the reality. No only it changes the perception, but it also affects the social skills. By using Synesthesia as a useful tool than it can make the synesthetic genius. However, if it conflicts the personality of the synesthetic than synesthetic has to learn the way to ...view middle of the document...

The question comes up that why there are two dissimilar answers for same letter? "[N]o two people's set of synesthesia experiences seem to be exactly the same" (Day, 2005, p. 13). Without any doubt, it is imaginable that perception of letter 'B' changes with every single synesthetic because the color, smell, taste or even feeling would be unique for each individual. Further, the frequency tendency of color letter association depends on synesthetic attention ability. Certain percentage of synesthetic explains that some scrutinize colors directly on the objects, but some detect colors with mind's eyes, thus there is a distinction between being "associator" or "projector" synesthetic (Smilek, Dixon & Merikle, 2004). While creating any specific assumptions about synesthesia, it is important to mention the sub-synesthesia with synesthesia. Unconsciously, synesthesia revolutionizes the neurological and social views towards reality.Why synesthesia happens? The first report of synesthesia is dated to the year 1812 (Hochel & Milan, 2008). Fortunately, psychologists and neurologists increased their interest into synesthetic brain and its perception. Recent studies showed that an activation of the left human brain area V4 responsible for colors (Beeli, Esslen, & Jancke, 2008; Parslow, et al., 2002).Activation in this part of brain was not spotted in non- synesthetic. Thus, synesthesia is real and not a product of imagination (Nunn, et al., 2002). The percentage of synesthetic would be lower which mean it is a rare but it is still real. The structure of synesthetic brain slightly different than non- synesthetic one. The reason would be the different connectivity between the parts of brain. Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging it was discovered that grapheme-color synesthetic show an increased neuronal connectivity between different brain regions (Rouw & Scholte, 2007). Therefore, synesthesia cannot be learned. The sensational parts of brain evoke several sensations at the same time while perceiving only one object. However, synesthesia assists memorizing historic dates and years.The different brain connectivity deeply influences the social interaction of synesthetic. Different culture, social stage or even languages can modify the perception of reality. Campen (2009) describes, that also culture may have an influence of the percent of colors: the Desana, a tribe living in the Amazon area, perceive smells in colors. They call that "color energies". Thus, the environment impacts synesthetic perception by changing colors, shapes and even smell. This part is connected to verbalization of synesthesia. The social interaction and exchange of information reveal the more insight feeling of synesthesia. However, it requires great amount of awareness and attention. It is tremendously uneasy to pay high level of concentration all the time. In another aspect, if a synesthetic dislikes a word 'funny' because of its associated ugly personality than whenever that...

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