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Maarten D. de Jong
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Paul Delano recently opened a post in which he asked colourblind people for some input on a design of his: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/128282. This got me to wondering about the following: are there people here who are synesthetes? And if so, what do you experience when playing games?

For those of you who go 'synes-what?': synesthesia is the condition in which two or more senses are tangled. When you hear words, you experience taste. When you see letters, they appear to have a colour. Synesthesia is not a disease, and what it feels like cannot be experienced by non-synesthetes, unless they chemically alter their neural thought processes by taking drugs. You can find more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia. (For the record, I am not a synesthete.)
 
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I have a friend who kind of is, and her brain links different colours to letters and days of the week, so names and days give her a sense of colour. I'll have to ask her.
 
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I am not one, but I always imagined that winning a game of Princes of Florence against Fawkes and Linnaeus would taste like chocolate. laugh
 
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"I prefer the term `artificial person,' myself."
 
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Tangently related:

http://www.fakejazz.com/reviews/cud.shtml

 
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Why, is smelling it better?
 
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Hrm... I think I might be one! Often, when I see a particularly attractive woman, I feel ... well I feel something else. devil
 
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I'm not, but both my mom and one of my sisters is. For them, different sounds produce various colors in their visual fields. Seems pretty cool, but not something I inherited myself.
 
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A very interesting book regarding synesthesia is "The Man Who Tasted Shapes" by Richard E. Cytowic.

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Mostly for me, abstract things (especially periods of time) have particular shapes.


I have the same sensation with the time span of "a year". I doubt though that this qualifies even remotely as synesthesia. I would simply call this an "association". Just the way smell can evoke vivid memories of childhood.

Synesthesia is a very strong connection between 2 or more different senses. You really "see" the sound in your visual field or really "feel" the taste in your fingertips. Although there is certainly a continuum to synesthesia, strong associations are not indicative of synesthesia.
 
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LEHaskell wrote:
Hmmm, this got me wondering -- is GROGnads a synesthete?


GROGnads induces synesthesia in others. He's a carrier. Even dogs see colors in his presence!
 
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Hmmm. Maybe someone will be able to give a definitive answer as to what's considered a meaty game!

 
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By the way, the number 2 is yellow, the number 3 is green or orange, the number 4 is blue or purple, the number 5 is red or orange, the number 6 is orange, . . . 7 is always purple.


Interesting. You are the first synesthete that has similar colors associated with numbers as I do. All other synesthetes I know have them wrong.

I once wrote a very good poem that unfortunately could only be appreciated by me, as I was the only one who saw it in the right colors.

As far as advantages go, I find that I can learn foreign languages rather quickly, and math always came quick as well, because the color associations with the words improved my memorization. The main problem I've found is when I first started working with non-latin alphabets. Until Aleph had a color, I could not for the life of me learn Hebrew, and Greek was only slightly easier as I had some color associations from all of the algebra variables I had dealt with. Once I had used them long enough to see them as colorful letters and not weird black squiggles, the language came much easier.

In regards to gaming, I find card counting easier than most people I know, but then again, most people I play with don't usually even attempt to keep track of what has been played. I wish I could definitively say that Princes of Florence tasted like fine wine, and Munchkin tasted like dirty socks,gulp but that is not the type of synesthesia I have.
 
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I have vaguely synesthetic tendencies in as much as certain sounds (often music) trigger smells. The sound/smell combinations are always consistent, too.

Similar to what Drew describes my minds eye "sees" the last few centuries in a way that resembles a long cord, or a measuring tape. It's difficult to describe, but that's just how my mind has determined to "track" time in a somewhat visual manner, with each decade sort of twisting off in a different direction. Not classic synesthesia, but as I had never discussed this with anyone before I found it interesting to read these posts and learn that others visualize things in a similar way.

For a cool, fictional view of synesthesia check out Jeffrey Moore's The Memory Artists.



 
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