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Can some people 'see' sound ?

Posted on Friday, 26 October, 2012 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Researchers have been investigating the areas of the brain relating to the ability to 'see' sounds.

An experiment was carried out involving the sound-induced flash illusion in which a single flash is followed by two beeps. While most people will only see the one flash, in a few cases the individual will actually see a second flash corresponding with the second beep. MRI scans revealed that those who were prone to the illusion had a smaller visual cortex, the part of the brain responsible for sight.

"If we both look at the same thing, we would expect our perception to be identical," said researcher Benjamin de Haas. "Our results demonstrate that this not quite true in every situation."

"Some people may actually see sounds, say researchers who found this odd ability is possible when the parts of the brain devoted to vision are small."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by rbenn on 26 October, 2012, 19:03
My mind has always done that. One brilliant flash and its gone.
Comment icon #8 Posted by JGirl on 26 October, 2012, 19:06
My mind has always done that. One brilliant flash and its gone. yes that's sort of how it is for me too, a bright flash of light
Comment icon #9 Posted by King Fluffs on 26 October, 2012, 19:47
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew on 26 October, 2012, 20:57
This garden universe vibrates complete. Some we get a sound so sweet. Vibrations reach on up to become light, And then thru gamma, out of sight. Between the eyes and ears there lay, The sounds of colour and the light of a sigh. And to hear the sun, what a thing to believe. But it's all around if we could but perceive. To know ultra-violet, infra-red and X-rays, Beauty to find in so many ways. Two notes of the chord, that's our fluoroscope. But to reach the chord is our lifes hope. And to name the chord is important to some. So they give a word, and the word is OM. Graeme Edge, The Moody Blues,... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by switchopens on 26 October, 2012, 23:55
I only saw one disk with the two beeps, but I know if I'm startled by a loud noise, everything turns red.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Realm on 27 October, 2012, 5:33
I see bright flashes with noises too, usually the type of noise you aren't expecting though.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Cataclysmic faith on 27 October, 2012, 6:15
that happened to me when i woke up around 4AM
Comment icon #14 Posted by Alexanderthefake on 28 October, 2012, 2:10
Synesthesia! Of course. I see a whole bunch in music.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Mag357 on 29 October, 2012, 16:35
Every time I wager someone (say $50.00) that they can't touch a cellphone for 24 hours no one will accept the challenge. Hmm wonder why?
Comment icon #16 Posted by SpectralEdge on 31 October, 2012, 21:33
I am confused. I saw the circle every time but I did not hear double beeps? Were the beeps right after each other or spaced apart?

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