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Why did synaesthesia survive evolution? | COSMOS magazine

Via Scoop.itPhilosophy and Science of Mind and Brain

SYDNEY: Synaesthesia – a neurological rarity in which two or more senses are connected – actually improves a number of traits such as memory and colour-processing, and could be a tool for understanding how the ‘typical’ brain works. Synaesthesia is a condition that involves the production of a sense impression, such as the smell of daisies, by stimulation of another sense, such as seeing a river. It is present in 2 to 4% of the population and the majority of synaesthetes have experienced it since childhood.

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