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People can hear what they see

In an interesting twist from the usual condition called synaesthesia where people see colors associated with what they hear, researchers at the California Institute of Technology have identified at least three people who can hear noises associated with what they see. There’s actually a test on the link where dots move across the screen, and people with the condition will hear noises as the dots move.

In this day and age when it’s hard to escape noises created outside of our minds – cars, phones, computer hums – I imagine it could be very annoying to have noises created by your mind.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.