If there is a lot going on- especially sounds, smells, or flavors (which are all visual to me due to my synesthesia) – this absolutely happens to me!

“A new study by the University College London showed that concentrating one’s attention on a visual task can render them momentarily “deaf” to normal sounds like speech.”

https://www.medicaldaily.com/we-exhibit-inattentional-deafness-sound-while-focusing-visual-tasks-your-friend-364556



I've mentioned how my colored graphemes are projected onto whatever I'm reading; this, in general, is very useful. A similar phenomenon happens when I play musical instruments. The Colored Piano Keyboard Let's take the piano, for instance. When I was a little kid, I knew what a piano was but hadn't had any musical training.… Read more...

Letters with personalities, genders, and social relationships Introduction For me, most graphemes (symbols) have gender, personality, and social relationships (in addition to their colors). This, like all other synesthetic experience, is automatic and uncontrollable. I have no idea where these extremely detailed personalities came from; Graphemes have been this way as long as I can… Read more...

Just as I read and write in color, I also read and write music in color. As with my colored instrument-note maps and colored piano keys these colors did not start appearing until I actually learned how to read music. Once that happened, they never stopped appearing. The Basics My musical note colors seem to… Read more...

Colored letters, numbers, symbols, etc. Grapheme-color synesthesia is a form of synesthesia in which an individual's perception of numbers and letters is associated with the experience of colors When I look at a symbol, its color is automatically projected onto the page (or screen, or wherever I am reading it). I have no control over… Read more...

Overview Listening to music is a tremendously enjoyable experience. I see sound as colors, shapes, and textures, projected onto their source. In other words, if the microwave beeps, I see a little red dot appear near the microwave. If a guitar solo plays from a ceiling speaker in a big box store, I see the… Read more...


"According to Richard Cytowic, sound-color synesthesia, or chromesthesia is 'something like fireworks': voice, music, and assorted environmental sounds such as clattering dishes or dog barks trigger color and firework shapes that arise, move around, and then fade when the sound ends." "Something like fireworks" is a fairly good, if succinct, way to describe it. Some… Read more...

Here's the short soundbite-explanation of synesthesia: Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which one sensory input to the brain triggers something additional, usually another sense. Definition Here's a definition from wikipedia: Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia; from the Ancient Greek σύν syn, "together", and αἴσθησις aisthēsis, "sensation") is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation… Read more...

[subpages] Introduction My brain is wired a bit differently than most other brains. I have synesthesia, a neurological condition where one sensory input can cause me to have more than one sensory experience. For me this manifests itself in many different ways, but probably the easiest to understand is that I literally see every sound… Read more...