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Monday, September 26, 2005

The best damned epitaph I never wrote

This morning, I received a letter from Professor Phil Merikle in the Department of Psychology the University of Waterloo. He is leading the research on synaesthesia I mentioned in an earlier post. Here's some of what the letter said:

Dear Philly,

Thank you for completing both the SYNAESTHESIA SURVEY and the COLOR ASSESSMENT TEST on the Synaesthesia Research Centre website.

As you may have guessed while you were completing the test, we were interested in establishing how similar the colors that you selected in Part 1 for each letter and digit were to the colors you selected in Part 2. People who have grapheme-color synaesthesia select very similar colors for each letter and digit in the two parts of the test, whereas people who do not have synaesthesia tend to select very different colors.

Your results indicate that there was considerable consistency between the colors you
selected for the letters and digits in Part 1 and Part 2 of the test. Thus, the results indicate that you have grapheme-color synaesthesia.

But more interesting to me was the personal note attached, which said:

You have a very interesting type of synaesthesia. Only rarely do
synaesthetes experience colors as eliciting concepts (i.e., numbers).

You definitely have a very interesting mental life.

If there is any justice in the world, this will be my epitaph: SHE HAD A VERY INTERESTING MENTAL LIFE.



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