A Swirl of Synaesthesia Soup
What color is evoked in the mind's nose
"Fragrant" the color of flower and perfumes
Is it red, green or yellow
the "Fruity" color of apples, peaches, apricots and tomatoes
"Citrus" colored lemon, lime and orange
perhaps easier along the "Woody" and "Resinous"
shades of green and hazel
colors of pine or fresh cut grass
perhaps overcome by the bright Chemical color of ammonia or bleach
Sweet colors of chocolate, vanilla and caramel
are the colors that go with the smells the color of the thing itself
is Sweet a rich brown color or something lighter like an off white
or completely different a turquoise or chartreuse
Is Minty and Peppermint green
what about the color of eucalyptus and strong colors of camphor
or the color of Toasted and Nutty
of freshly popped popcorn
a thick slab of peanut butter or a handful of almonds
along with the after dinner color of Pungent
like blue cheese and cigar smoke
or the Sickening and Disgusting colors of Decayed
rotting meat and sour milk
what do the colors smell like
in a swirl of sensory soup
- From the Upcoming book by Kimberly Burnham, 20 / 20 Seeing Color Around the World, a Daily Vision Health Program. More poetry, color research, and vision exercises at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/peace/category/color-vision
Published in over 100 books, Kimberly Burnham is a writer, poet, and complementary medicine practitioner. She authored, Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program for people interested in improving their brain clarity, creativity and muscle movements. Her current project focuses on color words, the brain and vision health designed to assist people in seeing better. Kimberly's Ph.D. (Integrative Medicine) considered manual therapy techniques and health coaching for people with Parkinson's disease. She is an avid gardener and environmentalist, who bicycled 3000 miles across the U.S. in 2013.
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Synesthesia of Colors and Smells
Research with people who have a neurological association between smells and colors show that they are quicker in naming both colors and smells than people who don't associate colors and smells.
"Olfaction is often considered a vestigial sense in humans, demoted throughout evolution to make way for the dominant sense of vision. This perspective on olfaction is reflected in how we think and talk about smells in the West, with odor imagery and odor language reported to be difficult. In the present study we demonstrate odor cognition is superior in odor-color synaesthesia, where there are additional sensory connections to odor concepts. Synaesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which input in 1 modality leads to involuntary perceptual associations. Semantic accounts of synaesthesia posit synaesthetic associations are mediated by activation of inducing concepts. Therefore, synaesthetic associations may strengthen conceptual representations. To test this idea, we ran 6 odor-color synaesthetes and 17 matched controls on a battery of tasks exploring odor and color cognition. We found synaesthetes outperformed controls on tests of both odor and color discrimination, demonstrating for the first time enhanced perception in both the inducer (odor) and concurrent (color) modality. So, not only do synaesthetes have additional perceptual experiences in comparison to controls, their primary perceptual experience is also different. Finally, synaesthetes were more consistent and accurate at naming odors. We propose synaesthetic associations to odors strengthen odor concepts, making them more differentiated (facilitating odor discrimination) and easier to link with lexical representations (facilitating odor naming). In summary, we show for the first time that both odor language and perception is enhanced in people with synaesthetic associations to odors.
- Speed, L. J. and A. Majid (2018). "Superior olfactory language and cognition in odor-color synaesthesia." J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform 44(3): 468-481.
Exercise: Make a list of different smells and visualize what color you associate them with.
"Our 100,000 taste buds elicit five different sensations, namely sweet, bitter, sour, salty, and umami (a Japanese word for a pleasant savory taste, but distinct from pure saltiness)."
10 Smell include:
Fragrant (e.g. florals and perfumes)
Fruity (all non-citrus fruits)
Citrus (e.g. lemon, lime, orange)
Woody and resinous (e.g. pine or fresh cut grass)
Chemical (e.g. ammonia, bleach)
Sweet (e.g. chocolate, vanilla, caramel)
Minty and peppermint (e.g. eucalyptus and camphor)
Toasted and nutty (e.g popcorn, peanut butter, almonds)
Pungent (e.g. blue cheese, cigar smoke)
Decayed (e.g. rotting meat, sour milk)
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