Synesthesia is the overlapping of the senses.
Have you ever pictured a number in your head and noticed that it has a certain color?
For someone with synesthesia,
senses like sight and sound often cross over into one another and create involuntary assocations.
Synesthesia is very common among artists, musicians, and other creative individuals.
This 8 question quiz will test how cross-wired your senses are.
About this website
This website was inspired by this brilliant lecture from Vilayanur Ramachandran,
where he discusses the workings of the brain, synesthesia, and a variety of other interesting brain-related subjects.
Pretend these are two letters from the martian alphabet.
One of them represents the martian letter "kiki", the other represents "bouba."
Click on the symbol you think represents "kiki."
Look at these numbers, then close your eyes and visualize them in your mind, as if you're looking at them printed on a sheet of paper, but imagine each number having a color.
Once you have a clear idea of the color of each number,
enter the colors you see here:
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Listen to the following sound and pick the color that best describes what you hear.
(CLICK TO PLAY SOUND #1)
Now, listen to a different sound and choose the color that best describes what you hear.
(CLICK TO PLAY SOUND #2)
Have you ever associated lengths of time with three dimensional spaces?
For example, does your memory of kindergarten feel as if it's miles away, but yesterday seems like it's within arms reach?
The diagram below contains 5's and 2's. Try to spot all the instances of the number 2, they are grouped together.
How long did it take you to spot all the instances of 2?
When you think of days of the week (monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday, sunday),
do days of the week have certain colors or other sensory associations?
For instance, does friday make you think of the color red, or does monday have a taste, such as bitter or sweet? This applies to all the senses: sight, sound, taste, smell, or touch.
These are the same numbers we showed you in question #2.
Visualize them again and enter the colors you see. If they are the same as in question 2, enter them exactly as you did before
If you do not have a color for some or all of these numbers, just leave the field blank