People May be able to "Taste" Words
The Human Body is the single most complex structure ever built in nature. The virtually countless reactions that are happening in the body are just a testimony to that fact.
However one of the greatest gifts that mankind has received are the five senses viz Vision, Smell, Taste, Touch and Hearing. These senses are the precursor to any human activity and these are the ones which drive life forward. We all have known the difficulties faced by individuals missing one or more of these senses.
Normally one would associate words, shapes and sizes with vision or touch and similarly sounds with the sense of hearing. However the human body continues to amaze us. According to a recent finding humans have been found to bel capable of "hearing" shapes and sizes and perhaps even "tasting" sounds.
Sounds bewildering!?? Or does it "taste" bewildering?
This blending of sensory experiences, or synaesthesia, they say, influences our perception and helps us make sense of a jumble of simultaneous sensations.
Oxford University scientists found that people associate lower-pitched sounds with larger and more rounded shapes.
One of the team is now working with chef Heston Blumenthal to incorporate words into a new dining experience.
Synaesthesia itself is a rare and unusual condition thought to affect less than 1% of the population.
It can takes many different forms - some people may "see sounds", in that certain sounds trigger them to see particular colors. Others might experience colors while reading those words in simple black text.
But according to Charles Spence, a professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University, we are all "synaesthetes" up to a point.
He and his colleagues tested 12 volunteers in trials during which an image flashed up on a screen at a slightly different time to one of two tones - one low-pitched and one high-pitched - being played.
There were two sets of image: a large and a small black dot, or an angular and a very rounded shape.