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A 48-year-old member asked:

what would cause someone to develop a form of synesthesia?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Often unknown: In many cases, the cause is not known. Sometimes it is good idea to submit for a detailed neurology exam and possibly an MRI of the brain depending on what the symptoms are, just in case. It is conceivable that an injury or other illness could be involved, but normally, no cause is uncovered.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Synesthesia. What is it?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Crossed wires: Synesthesia is a condition in which sensory signals "get crossed, " and signals from one sensory system are interpreted as coming from another. For example, some synasthetics will "see" sounds, or "hear" colors.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is or is a type of synesthesia?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Crossed wires: Synesthesia is a condition in which sensory signals "get crossed, " and signals from one sensory system are interpreted as coming from another. For example, some synasthetics will "see" sounds, or "hear" colors.
A 41-year-old member asked:

I have synesthesia. Any one know what to do about it?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Special gift: There is no definitive treatment for synesthesia and the majority of people suffer no ill effects from the anomaly and many in fact consider it a special gift. If the synesthesia does prove to be problematic then psychological treatment may be of assistance.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Here's an article telling about the uses of synesthesia in a sommelier (wine expert), among others: http://tinyurl.com/cf7yesq
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A 45-year-old member asked:

How can a person with synesthesia have 'state-dependent retrieval'?

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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
Synesthesia: is rare. Its a favorite topic of discussion amongst cognitive neuroscientists especially Behavioral Neurologists. I suggest you contact Dr. Veronica Gross at Boston University (my old stomping grounds) Google: "The Synesthesia Project" it has useful links to other resources. State dependent retrieval is best discussed in the context of specific synesthetic events (hearing colors, seeing sounds)
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are common ways of getting synesthesia?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Neuronal excitation: Synesthesia is perception of a stimulus in another modality this could be genetic, also in migraine, cross talk of neurons after stroke, due to excitation of other neurons--ask you doctor to elaborate.

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