Beyond awesome: rewiring your senses

As a synesthete, anything about the ability of one sense to trigger another sense is immediately of interest to me. Gabe sent me this article from Wired, which also led me to this one from Discover. The point of both is that the parts of the brain we use to process input from each of our senses can be used to process information for other senses…basically just that the brain is extraordinarily plastic in ways that are almost impossible to conceive of because they challenge our fundamental perceptions.

(As a sidenote, we’re taught (in the US at least) that humans have five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. But in reality, we all have many more.)

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  1. Hi Angela,
    I just found your site, and since you seem to be interested in learning more about the brain, I think you might like the book “The Brain that Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge, M.D.

    I’m only half way through and, though it doesn’t have anything about synesthetes, it does have interesting information about wiring of the brain, and its plasticity.

    I can’t wait until I have more time to delve into your site.

    Interested but not a synesthete,
    Anne

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