Synesthesia By: Rajan Sapkota

When the brain does not do what it was designed to do, and some parts of the brain intertwine with each other, very interesting things start to happen, and people start to get diagnosed with very intriguing disorders. Synesthesia is a perfect example of the brain not sticking to its designed blueprints, and the effects it can have on a person and their lives in a neurological level are far beyond extraordinary.

Synesthesia is neurological disorder in which the senses of the patient intertwine and mix with each other, meaning that whenever they smell, taste, see, hear or feel something, they are reminded of a different sense. For example, it could be possible that whenever a synesthete tastes chocolate, they can hear orchestra music. There are also instances in which the senses crosswire to the point in which the synesthete cannot comprehend majority of things properly, and the way they verbally communicate is skewered.

Scientists are still not sure how synesthesia works, but they know that it occurs when neurons and synapses that are supposed to be contained within one sensory system cross over to another, which is how the senses can be mixed up. They also gathered data presenting that 60% of people diagnosed with this disorder have close relatives that are also synesthetes. This means that having synesthesia comes from your biological background, and can pass on as a gene further into the family tree.

Synesthesia can have a substantial impact on someone’s life, and those impacts can be positive or negative. To start off, synesthetes essentially have an extended sense, meaning that if you are an artist, your disorder can sprout a new idea for your song or drawings, because of the fact that your senses are cross-wired. It can also help someone calm down in a situation, for example, if you hear a particular sound, one can earn pleasure because that sound is linked with another sense that they find desirable, which can ultimately lead to happiness. It can also have a negative effect on the synesthete, because some senses can interrupt one another to the point in which your comprehension of reality itself can turn out to be random crowds of numbers, letters, and sounds.

Finally, the reason I was interested in researching the phenomena known as synesthesia was because when reading The Secret Series, it connected a lot to this disorder, and I was very intrigued about the concept of hearing a feeling, or tasting a sound, and wanted to learn more about it. Synesthesia can also have a huge impact on figuring out how we can comprehend different feelings and link them with each other, and if we find how synesthesia works, we can make a lot of scientific improvements and make medicine for people who suffer from depression or from traumatic experiences.


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