When you run into someone wearing a loud shirt you probably want to cover your eyes—not your ears—because it’s not literally loud. But you might cover your ears if you had synesthesia, a neurological condition that effects how you perceive different senses. There are several different types of synesthesia; some people describe seeing colors when they listen to sounds, or tasting words when they speak. Although strange, it’s hardly a handicap. Many creative people have synesthesia and use it to their advantage, including singer/songwriters Tori Amos and Billy Joel. As someone who doesn’t have synesthesia it’s difficult to imagine what seeing sounds or hearing smells would be like, but Terri Timely tries to explain with this tasty video.

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