I realize that synesthesia has been discussed before on ATS, but i'm looking to compile personal experiences with some research questions. i recently
discovered that music doesn't move/have positions for most people, i even knew what synesthesia was, but i thought sounds always triggered feelings
of movement for everyone.
For those of you who don't know what synesthesia is, it is an involuntary cross firing of different sensory (or sometimes more abstract) parts of the
brain that result in fascinating perceptions. A synesthete might taste textures, hear movement, or see sounds. There have been around 60 or 70
different kinds of synesthesia reported, though only about a third of them have been scientifically verified and researched. There are various tests
online that cover most of the possibilities, if you're interested synesthete.org...
is the best place to go. You have to make an account, but
it's free, they don't spam you, and it is a legitimate research project.
I'm interested in personal accounts of synesthesia. Sadly the kind i have hasn't been researched much at all, and is pretty new/uncommon (i'd
rather have sound-color, but i'm not complaining).
The specific questions i'm looking to find answers for are:
What are your experiences?
How does alcohol or caffeine affect your perceptions?
Have you ever taken an SSRI (examples are prozac, zoloft, paxil etc) if so, did you notice a change in your synesthesia intensity? How so?
Do your perceptions go both ways? If you hear colors, do colors also make you hear sounds?
Have you been diagnosed as autistic/asperger's syndrome, or do you have epilepsy?
I'm interested in all forms of synesthesia, but i would like to get more information on people who experience motion as sound, or sound as motion.
For me, gifs on the internet have "sounds" the repetitive movements sound different ways, and as i've said, music moves in a vertical column that i
feel in my head. if a guitar riff is played in a high octave, then in a lower octave, it moves in the same way/same positions just a different
P.S. some gifs on this sight are pretty loud/obnoxious lol