synesthesia

ral-across-the-universe:

packetdancer:

ral-across-the-universe:

furryjackal:

pixelcurious:

ral-across-the-universe:

Hey, I was suddenly curious (it’s one of those days) about synesthesia, does anyone here have various types of synesthesia?

I do! I have number personalities. It made learning math a little difficult as a kid, because sometimes I would deliberately answer wrong to keep numbers that are bullies away from numbers that can’t defend themselves. I got over that somewhere around second or third grade (after some very unsatisfying discussions with teachers about why my answers were wrong) but I still recognize the personalities. Like you said, it’s kind of a a mental overlay.

I think mine is partly inspired by the shapes of numbers and is related to the kiki/bouba effect, though idiosyncratic to myself. The whole topic is fascinating and I’m always intrigued by other peoples’ forms of synesthesia, and curious about why and how these associations are made. Brains are so interesting. 

Numbers don’t have personalities to most people? Because they always did to me as a kid, and still sort of do.

I don’t think they do, for most people - for me they always did. Sometimes you don’t really know something’s different about you until you talk to other people who aren’t experiencing the same thing. O_o

Do you remember what yours were? :D

It was mostly a matter of shape.  Rounded numbers are friendlier/happier, while angled numbers were serious but more dependable.  Seven, for instance, was somewhat dour, while Eight was sort of like a cheerful grandmother who would serve cookies but was a bit flakey.  Multi-digit numbers had combined personalities dominated by the last digit; for instance, 4 was very dour, but 48 was much friendlier.

It made sense to me as a kid, I guess?

nidoranduran:

lyraeon:

patrickat:

lyraeon:

Upon second viewing, I have definitely concluded that Guardians of the Galaxy is even better when you imagine it as a tabletop campaign with an increasingly frustrated DM who’s sick of being interrupted.

GM: “Roll 2d10.”
Peter: “Red high. Twelve.”
GM: “You have 12 percent of a plan.”

The entire prison break scene was just Rocket’s player rolling knowledge checks on every turn until something worked.

  • When Drax’s player said, “I go into the phone booth and call Ronan to Knowhere”, the DM stared open-mouthed for a minute, then called break time. The rest of the party was speechless.
  • Pretty much just in general, Drax’s player is one of those people who thinks Chaotic Neutral means “throws self at shit for the lulz” and is really fortunate he didn’t have many other opportunities to derail the campaign.
  • Gamora’s player gets really exasperated by the entirety of the campaign. They rolled a character with a tragic backstory and clear hooks to the villain to expand on, and had no idea that everyone else was going to be so silly. It leads to begging the party to just once execute a normal plan because look at Gamora’s stealth bonus, this min/maxed assassin needs a chance to use her abilities, please.
  • Rocket’s a skill monkey who, if not for Drax’s grand display of idiocy, would have gladly derailed the campaign with absurd plans.
  • Groot was a joke idea someone came up with that people ended up liking too much.
  • Ronan’s confusion when Star Lord began dancing was the DM’s confusion verbatim.
  • The DM now vetoes Chaotic Neutral characters on principle.

I’m not sure whether to laugh at the perfection of this, or wince at the realization that as a tabletop player and a GM, I’ve done nearly every single one of the things listed above.

(Including the last one.)

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synesthesia

ral-across-the-universe:

furryjackal:

pixelcurious:

ral-across-the-universe:

Hey, I was suddenly curious (it’s one of those days) about synesthesia, does anyone here have various types of synesthesia?

I’ve got, uhh, “color-graphemic synesthesia" myself (I "see" or associate specific colors with letters and numbers) which is a common one, but some people associate colors an sounds together, or shapes and tastes, etc. Some even associate spatially, like nearer or farther, which is pretty neat.

For me, it’s not as if it changes the color of what i’m reading - this is still black text in a white box - but it puts a mental overlay of colors in my brain, like I can look at the letter E and think “Yes, that means green” when my eyes aren’t reporting any color. 

(Numbers also had personalities to me as a kid, which might be kind of odd)

Directions also have colors/temperatures, but that might be due to the letters in the words, and is all screwed up for me anyway. (Because keyboards have left-hand-colored letters on the right, and right-hand-colored letters on the left. Once i learned to type, i started having trouble correctly reporting “go right” or “it’s on the left”.)

Anybody else? How’s your brain wired?

I do! I have number personalities. It made learning math a little difficult as a kid, because sometimes I would deliberately answer wrong to keep numbers that are bullies away from numbers that can’t defend themselves. I got over that somewhere around second or third grade (after some very unsatisfying discussions with teachers about why my answers were wrong) but I still recognize the personalities. Like you said, it’s kind of a a mental overlay.

I think mine is partly inspired by the shapes of numbers and is related to the kiki/bouba effect, though idiosyncratic to myself. The whole topic is fascinating and I’m always intrigued by other peoples’ forms of synesthesia, and curious about why and how these associations are made. Brains are so interesting. 

Synethesia is one of those things that I have a lot of trouble comprehending what happens to folks who have it. So I’m always interested in seeing what people have to say about their experiences. It helps me understand a lot better! So please, keep these things coming!

:D Excellent! I may have it, but I’m really interested in what other people experience and how similar/different it may be, too.

I’ve had a lot of people talk about it today, i’m tagging everything “synesthesia” on mah blog if you need to search for all of it, i’ve heard from taste/sound people, number/color/personality people, and chinese-as-first-language people with similar results, everybody’s got some neat things to say!

Numbers don’t have personalities to most people? Because they always did to me as a kid, and still sort of do.