Synesthesia workshop


‘Synesthesia causes excess communication amongst brain maps… Depending on where and how widely in the brain the trait was expressed, it could lead to both synesthesia and to a propensity toward linking seemingly unrelated concepts and ideas- in short, creativity.’ (Ramachandran and Hubbard, 2001, 2003)


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Business and Creativity, understanding Subjectives in a Team work (Why you do not see what I see?)

Art and Music as a stress-relief Therapy, Life inspiration: problem solving without emotional distress- see the sound, taste words, touch the aroma- be present on a different angle.Jamie Ward points that ‘ synesthesia might be more common in artists, poets, musicians and so on; that is , in people who we assume from first principles to be creative’…. Or do synesthetes choose their profession because they are ‘blessed’ with the insight to feel and express the world?

Famous synesthetes:

Theory of evolution: ‘In Britain, Charles Darwin’s cousin, Sir Francis Galton, was interested in applying his cousin’s theory of images and the nature of genius…For many people, including those with synesthesia, the idea of ‘seeing’ a ‘mental image’ with their ‘mind’s eye’ is not a figure of speech but accurate description of their sensory world.’ (Jamie Ward, The Frog Who Crocked Blue)

Synesthetes: ‘People of the Future’

What if you were told about Your Creative Potential which was lost in childhood? Are we all born synesthetes? Infants Synesthesia and Unity of senses.—-or-—-what-neurology-can
Up to a quarter of children before the age of seven years project visual images into the space in front of them, whereas the vast majority of other people would describe it more like an inner screen within their mind’s eye.’ (Jamie Ward, p. 103)

V.S. Ramachandran: ‘The brain is a 1.5 kilogram mass of jelly, the consistency of tofu, you can hold it in the palm of your hand, yet it can contemplate the vastness of space and time, the meaning of infinity and the meaning of existence. It can ask questions about who am I, where do I come from, questions about love and beauty, aesthetics, and art, and all these questions arising from this lump of jelly. It is truly the greatest of mysteries. The question is how does it come about?’

Brainstorm, Memory… ‘Storing a memory using a variety of codes- verbal, sensory, and spatial-is better than using one code.’ (Jamie Ward, The Frog Who Croaked Blue, 2008, p.137)

Power of visualization, think spatially.
One of the devices of synesthesia is a projection of visual images to ‘inner screen’, mind’s map.
Ian Robertson, Mind’s Eye: An Essential Guide to Boosting Your Mental Power
Luria, The Mind of Mnemonist

Sympathy to others: mirror-touch synesthesia
Jamie Ward: ‘one of the best examples of a type of synesthesia that is an over-active version of normal multisensory perception…
As one of synesthetes put it: “I have never been able to understand how people can enjoy looking at bloodthirsty films, or laugh at the painful misfortunes of others when I can not only see it but also feel it,” …this type of synesthesia could make people more caring and empathetic.’


Recommended Movies:

Samantha Moore An Eyeful of Sound
Nigel Stanford “Cymatics” Music Video Uses Science to Visualize Sound
Mussorgsky/ Kandinsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Think outside the box: body percussion – Steve Reich Clapping Music
David Eagleman Welcome to Your Future Brain

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