As you know, the perception of each person has its own individual characteristics. At the same time, it is common for everyone that we cognize the world with the help of feelings: hearing, sight, smell, touch, etc.
From a physiological point of view, each channel of perception works separately. We hear with our ears, see with our eyes, and touch with our skin. However, some people do not feel at all – this phenomenon is called anesthesia. If a person simultaneously experiences several sensations, this is called synesthesia.
Synaesthetes – people who are capable of synesthesia – have a greater, compared with others, and unique sensory experience. In the world, the number of such people is very small. However, in some cases, almost every one of us experiences something similar. We simultaneously use several channels of perception in the communication process, when our brain interprets various symbols (for example, pictures or emoticons in messages) or determines the meaning of the words that we hear from the interlocutor or choose in order to convey our thoughts to the interlocutor. Continue reading