Today as I was doing my morning sweep of news and social networks I ran across a post on Google+ where someone mentioned they had Synesthesia – a form of which allows them to hear colors. That’s right, hear colors.
This caught my attention so I began reading about synesthesia on the wiki page linked above. As I’m scrolling through the page, I run into:
If you know me, in the past I may have mentioned that several years ago I learned that how I see numbers apparently isn’t typical. I see them on a path – one that is and always has been the same. What shocked me about the image above is that it’s nearly identical to how I see numbers. The circle from 1-12 (although mine tends to take a slight horseshoe-shape), the peaks and valleys in-between each decade, a repeat of the circle at 100-112, 200-212, etc.. The only real difference is that my path keeps rising up to the left (the 200s are higher than the 300s) and the circle/horseshoe thing with 1-12.
If I’m counting, I sort of zoom-in on the particular number I’m on (each number on the path is written in a space like a board game), with my point of view, or camera angle, changes based on where I’m at on the number path.
After further reading, I also found that not everyone has a path for the days of the week, the months of the year, or years in general. Strange.
I’ve never had a way of naming or describing this, but now I do. It’s called Number Form Synesthesia, and apparently I have it.
The brain is a fascinating thing.