Only 1 of 23 people, as estimated, are synesthetic; we mean, they experience a kind of sensorial reconnection that enables them to link, for example, numbers or words and colors and flavors. Or even smell certain scents when touching certain textures.
Imagine that we could train ourselves to acquire this phenomenon, specifically to see letters as if they were colours. That’s what studies a team of psychologists of Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science from University of Sussex. The results have been published in Scientific Reports journal.
To test this, the scientists subjected to a program of nine weeks 14 non synesthetes who had to develop an intense association capacity between letters and colors, to the point that some of them even came to identify characters with feelings, for example: ‘x feels boring’ or ‘w feels calm’. The method also, seemed to increase by 12 points the volunteers’s IQ.
As co-director of the study, Daniel Bor, stated, ‘the main implication of our study is that radically new ways of experiencing the world can be brought about simply through extensive perceptual training’.
People who participated in the study are not true synesthetes and three months later they lost their synesthesia-like perception, but the discovery may stats the base to devise new tools for treating dementia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.