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The Easiest Way To Get A Better, Smarter Brain

O, The Oprah Magazine | Pam Masin | Posted 09.23.2015 | OWN

Extraordinary abilities -- from memory to supercharged creativity -- may be within reach for all of us, says neuroscientist Berit Brogaard,...

Yes, You Can Teach Yourself Synesthesia (And Here's Why You Should)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.08.2015 | Science

Brit Brogaard has had synesthesia, a neurological condition in which different senses combine in unusual ways, for as long as she can remember. We of...

Susan Breen: The Elemental Substance of Nature

D. Dominick Lombardi | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
D. Dominick Lombardi

In recent times, few painters have made substantive strides in the field of floral and still life painting. One such artist is Susan Breen. At first glance, viewers are often drawn in by the mood of the work, which can be anything from somber or heavy-hearted to spiritually uplifting and enlightening.

The Lightness of Being Anne Patterson

Jack Meyer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Jack Meyer

Anne Patterson and I stepped into the darkened former Perry Street Theater. "Does your iPhone have a flashlight?" she asked. "Wait until you see the light and shadows," Anne beamed. She waved the point of light against one of her latest works, constructed of aluminum and steel.

What It's Like Living With Synesthesia

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Synesthesia in its true sense is not a mental health condition, artificially-induced condition, nor anything more than an inheritable trait, much like hair color and height.

This Blessed Music Video Turns Doodling Into A Spiritual Experience

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.27.2015 | Arts

It's a beautiful thing when two entirely different art forms fit so well together that the boundaries between vision and sound, hand and ear, line and...

Seeing Green (And Yellow and Purple)

Anneli Lucia Tostar | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Anneli Lucia Tostar

Seeing and believing are not synonymous, as optical illusions can be rooted more deeply in cultural beliefs. Half of the difficulty with empathy lies in the fact that we can never truly know how others see the world, either literally or psychologically, but as we grow older and more settled in our worldview we tend to assume otherwise.

Come to the Virtual "Atlantis"!

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Susan Sacirbey

Like the the Atlantis of lore, the digital-diplomat is not tethered to any hemisphere but rather links to the superiority of knowledge and empathy over geography and ideology.

When Music Is Like "Sex on the Beach"

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

A variety of ingredients, all stirred-up with the beach as the backdrop and intoxicating -- that was the music scene in New Jersey this past summer, almost over but maybe a few more warm breezes of sound before the end of the year.

Do You See or Taste Music?

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Susan Sacirbey

Some persons apparently see conversation in geometric patterns or concepts in numerical forms. Color reflecting music or ideas is perhaps the most frequently described form of synesthesia, a phenomena long recognized but only more recently rediscovered.

Chargaux Is Making Orchestra (So Very) Cool Again

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts

Meet Charly and Margaux, also known as Chargaux. They play violin and viola, respectively, but not the kind you tuned out at your high school orchestr...

Struck by Genius: The Jason Padgett Story

Maureen Seaberg | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Maureen Seaberg

Jason never made it through pre-algebra before, but after the mugging he suddenly understood the theories behind complex math and physics.

More Die of Heartbreak: Chuckie Campbell Rhymes Again

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

What's different about this rapper compared to others? He is also a professor who teaches English at Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo, NY. Hence, what he brings to the plate of hip-hop is his love for the intellect.

President Obama's State of the Union: One Autistic's Perspective

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Chantal Sicile-Kira

While I'm not sitting by the phone waiting for a call from the White House, I'll never discourage Jeremy from dreaming. Who knows, maybe Jeremy will get his chance to meet the president and have a chat with him.

Man Is Able To 'Taste' Colors After Suffering Stroke

Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living

A stroke has left a Toronto man with an unusual side effect: the ability to "taste" color. Detailed in a study in the journal Neurology, researche...

From Nano To Nature

Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D.

Most individuals say they never realized such empowerment was possible, but once they experience it, they can't imagine living any other way.


Maureen Seaberg | Posted 07.28.2013 | TED Weekends
Maureen Seaberg

Like the delightful Neil Harbisson, I associate color with sound, except it's in my own head. I am a synesthete. I navigate a plane of extraordinary spectrums that is an embarrassment of riches: there are lit, motile, tactile and temperate hues of unending subtlety are all around me.

When Impairments Are Accommodated

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Ariane Zurcher

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgShouldn't we accommodate all people whether the devices they use are to communicate -- eyeglasses to see, wheelchairs to move, hearing aids to hear, service animals to guide or calm or, as is the case with Neil Harbisson, the device he created to hear color?

It's Not Easy Being Green: Living With Autism And Synesthesia

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 12.30.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Chantal Sicile-Kira

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOne morning Jeremy woke up with a big grin on his face. He spelled out on his letterboard, "I dreamt I painted your personality and I have to say it was purple and very lively."

WATCH: The NYC Author With Synesthesia

Posted 01.28.2013 | New York

Imagine a color that does not exist. Now, if you were to close your eyes and see that color, how might you describe it to people around you? Perhaps t...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Can You Hear Colors, Taste Sound? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.04.2012 | Science

2012-04-05-Screenshot20120405at9.40.24AM.jpgSynesthesia is a fascinating neurological condition that causes an individual to experience perceptual information through a sense modality that is unlinked to its source.

Synesthesia: A Crossing of the Senses

Jane Chafin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

At a dinner party recently my friend James mentioned that he had synesthesia -- something I had never heard of. He explained that since childhood he had seen numbers and letters as specific colors.

Tasting the Universe

Maureen Seaberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Maureen Seaberg

I don't know when the colors began. They've always been with me, like the beat of my own heart or the sound of my own breath.

Synesthesia and Metaphor: Between Fact and Fiction (VIDEO)

April Pierce | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
April Pierce

Philosophers have long debated the merits of using metaphor in conversation. But new neurological studies on synesthesia may shed some light on the issue.

Publishers Weekly Pick Of The Week: 'Bitter In The Mouth'

Publishers Weekly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Truong's (Book of Salt) mesmerizing prose beautifully captures Linda's taste-saturated world, and her portrait of a broken family's secretive pockets ...