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Re: letters in color

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Jane Manner (njanem4)
Mon, 29 Nov 1999 18:27:05 -0500

Sears, Ellen wrote:

> It's not just seeing letters and colors

I still have my earlier question to Judy unanswered, even after reading the
article.Discover: "...Crane's sensory reaction to letters and numbers is just as
odd. At the sight of the letter -a-, a color flashes through her
mind-invariably gray-blue..." The last page of the article has script text
which is black highlighted with different colors. Does the sensory introduction
of the letter-seeing or hearing-cause you to think (visualize) a color or does
the black letter appear in your perception as that color instead of black? The
article states that "We may all be born synesthetes..." and that most of us
organize our perceptions as we grow out of infancy so that the senses do not

I had a student do a painting last spring which was very much like the colors
"behind my lids" when I listen to music. When she was entering it in a
competition earlier this year, she titled it "Orgasm." I showed the Discover
article to one of our media specialists who is also a very good artist and
generally well informed. Her thoughts ran the gamut from people seeing auras to
psychadelic substances to the work of Paul Klee. My, oh my, I want to know



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