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How Do You See the World?

Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore, an assistant psychology professor, is embarking on a study of synesthesia, the mixing of senses. She’s hoping to better understand how synesthesia relates to ESP, imagination and unusual occurrences such as out-of-body experiences.

People with synesthesia experience the world on many levels. Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore, an assistant psychology professor, is embarking on a study of synesthesia.

People with synesthesia experience the world on many levels. Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore, an assistant psychology professor, is embarking on a study of synesthesia.

“A number of people who have synesthesia also have paranormal experiences,” she said. “I don’t think anyone has looked at this before.”

People with synesthesia experience the world on several levels. Numbers and words have personalities. Music and colors combine. Days of the week, months and years are experienced as shapes or patterns.

In some studies people with synesthesia have reported seeing auras and having out-of-body experiences. Some people experience it when they are in altered states of consciousness such as meditation.

“Everyone may experiences synesthesia in its weak form as in metaphors, such as ‘the lemon is sharp.’ However, fewer people experience it strongly, automatically and all of the time,” Simmonds-Moore said.

It often occurs strongly in artists, musicians, dancers and among martial artists. Colors are often the most common experience, she said.

Sir Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin, first studied synesthesia in the 1800s. In the last decade or so there’s been an upsurge in interest in it among researchers.

For her study, she’s looking for two sets of people: people who experience synesthesia and those who don’t.

If you want to participate in the study, contact her at csimmond@westga.edu. For more information go to http://www.wix.com/csimmond/synesthesiastudy.

 

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