After getting a stroke, a man from Toronto, Canada, claims to be able to feel a variety of colors. Colors are seen as having flavor, like someone tasting food. The ability to taste this color is out of the ordinary in general. However, in the medical world recognized this reality and called synesthesia events.
Synesthesia can be interpreted as the condition of a person who can “see” or “hear” things that normally are not able to be seen or heard by most humans. An example is a taste or smell. Synesthesia usually occurs after a person has an injury in the brain. The case was very rare.
In the case of a man in Toronto, he began to feel the color after 9 months after having a stroke. Men who declined to be named is said, he felt the blue color like the raspberry flavor. However, the taste of blue raspberry-like this just feels on certain blue concentrations which are more specific. Findings of synesthesia are published in the journal Neurology, the study conducted by St. Michael’s Hospital in Canada.
Related cases of synesthesia, Dr. Tom Schweizer, director of the Neuroscience Research Program at Hospital Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, trying to analyze the human brain using MRI to find out the causes of the emergence of “exceptional” ability than those who did not experience synesthesia. The study involved six men of the same age and with similar education levels. They observed their brain activity.
All participants were asked to do different things including listening to James bond theme songs and solo euphonium. It was discovered, people who experience synesthesia there is no activity in the thalamus, hippocampus, and auditory cortex at the sound of the James Bond song. The auditory cortex plays a role in receiving sound waves. The hippocampus plays a role in memory and spatial navigation. While the thalamus is useful as a switchboard.
“The brain regions that are active when they heard James Bond theme is completely different from the areas that we expect to look active when people are listening to music,” said Schweizer, as quoted by the Huffington Post.