Definitions for synesthesiaˌsɪn əsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
syn•es•the•siaˌsɪn əsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə(n.)
a sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color.
Origin of synesthesia:
1890–95; < NL; see syn -, esthesia
a sensation that normally occurs in one sense modality occurs when another modality is stimulated
Synesthesia, from the ancient Greek σύν, "together," and αἴσθησις, "sensation," is a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report such experiences are known as synesthetes. Recently, difficulties have been recognized in finding an adequate definition of synesthesia, as many different phenomena have been covered by this term and in many cases the term synesthesia seems to be a misnomer. A more accurate term for the phenomenon may be ideasthesia. In one common form of synesthesia, known as grapheme → color synesthesia or color-graphemic synesthesia, letters or numbers are perceived as inherently colored, while in ordinal linguistic personification, numbers, days of the week and months of the year evoke personalities. In spatial-sequence, or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, and/or days of the week elicit precise locations in space, or may have a view of a year as a map. Yet another recently identified type, visual motion → sound synesthesia, involves hearing sounds in response to visual motion and flicker. Over 60 types of synesthesia have been reported, but only a fraction have been evaluated by scientific research. Even within one type, synesthetic perceptions vary in intensity and people vary in awareness of their synesthetic perceptions.
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