Synesthesia might be more common in people with autism
2013 11 20

By Katie Drummond | The Verge



Synesthesia — the mysterious phenomenon of "mixed senses" — is thought to affect a small fraction of the general population. But among people with autism spectrum disorders, the condition might be significantly more common, fascinating new research suggests.

In a study published this week in Molecular Autism, a team out of Cambridge University set out to test what had been anecdotally reported for some time: that individuals with Asperger’s syndrome often exhibited signs of synesthesia, such as "tasting" words or "seeing" music in the form of colors. They recruited 164 adult participants with autism and 97 participants without the condition, and relied on self-reporting to screen all of them for synesthesia. Of that study population, around 19 percent of adults with an autism spectrum disorder also experienced synesthesia, compared to 7.2 percent of those in the control group.

The most common forms of synesthesia reported by study participants with autism were "grapheme-color," or the perception that letters or numbers are colored, and "sound-color," wherein hearing a sound triggers the perception of a specific color.

[...]

Read the full article at: theverge.com











Related Articles
Synesthesia - Numberphile
Synesthesia May Explain Healers Claims of Seeing People’s ’Aura’
Asperger’s and Autism: Brain Differences Found
Germany’s software giant SAP to recruit tech staff with autism
Child Prodigies: A Unique Form of Autism?
’Parent Training’ May Help Kids With Autism Behave Better
Children with autism have distinct facial features: Study


Latest News from our Front Page

Starbucks Supports Pro-GMO Company
2014 11 26
Another reason why you should not go to Starbucks. Starbucks has an image of being a socially responsible, environmentally friendly company (Really?). In 2013, 95 percent of their coffee was ethically sourced, and their goal is to reach 100 percent by 2015.1 Other goals include reducing water consumption by 25 percent in their company-operated stores by 20152 and mobilizing their employees and ...
Group Polarization and the Fad of Ethno-masochism
2014 11 26
From "Group polarization: A critical review and meta-analysis". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 6 50 (6): 1141--1151 The psychology of White self hatred. Political correctness IS a mental disorder. More: Group polarization: A critical review and meta-analysis. Isenberg, Daniel J. the paper Indoctrinate U Harvard Professor Noel Ignatiev talks about how to end the White race The History of Political Correctness The Narrative: The origins of Political ...
Credo: A Nietzschean Testament by Jonathan Bowden
2014 11 26
This lecture by Jonathan Bowden was given at the 11th New Right meeting in London on September 8, 2007. The original title of the presentation was “The Art and Philosophy of Jonathan Bowden.” I think ideas are inborn, and you’re attracted, if you have any, toward certain systems of thinking and sensibility and response. From a very young age, I was ...
A Look Back at the OJ Simpson Verdict -- Reactions
2014 11 26
This is a look back at the different reactions to the OJ Simpson verdict some 20 years ago (exact date of verdict was Oct 3, 1995). The OJ Simpson jury consisted of 9 Blacks, 1 Hispanic, and 2 Whites. It would raise eyebrows after they only deliberated for 4 hours in a case that they were involved in for almost ...
New York Times Publishes Darren Wilson’s Street Address and Photo of House #Ferguson
2014 11 26
Hey here are the two @nytimes scumbags that published Wilson’s home address. —> @juliebosman & @campbellnyt— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) November 25, 2014 Michael Brown’s Stepdad Shouting ‘Burn This Bitch Down’ The New York Times published information about the address of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Monday in a move that has generated controversy. Tensions are running high in Ferguson, Missouri, as ...
More News »