Time-Space Synaesthesia

Synästhesie ist die Wahrnehmung von Reizen mit einem Sinn, der eigentlich nicht dafür bestimmt ist. Farben schmecken, Geräusche sehen, Geschmack hören… und sowas. Eigentlich schon abgefahren genug, hier aber der richtige Gehirnverknoter: Menschen, die Zeit sehen. Willkommen im Reich der Zeit/Raum-Synästhesie und weil mein Hirn grade implodiert ist, bleibt mir nur ein ehrliches und aufrichtiges Whoa!

Time-space synaesthesia is a form of visuo-spatial synaesthesia in which individuals experience units of time - such as hours, days, or months - as occupying specific locations in space relative to their own body. These associations are highly specific and are experienced consistently. For example, one synaesthete described her experience as follows: "When someone mentions a year, I see the oval with myself at the very bottom, Christmas day to be precise. As soon as a month is given, I see exactly where that month is on the oval. As I move through the year, I am very aware of my place on the oval at the current time, and the direction I am moving in."

Michelle Jarick of the Synaesthesia Research Group at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and her colleagues describe the case of an individual whose time-space synaesthesia has a previously undescribed feature. Like other time-space synaesthetes, the 21-year-old individual, known as L, experiences the time of day and the months of the year as being represented in the space around her body. She experiences the hours of the day in the form of a large "clock face", and her mental calender consists of a giant number "7", which extends for approximately 1 meter around her waist, and on which the months of the year are arranged.

The cognitive benefits of time-space synaesthesia (via Swen)

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