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People taught synaesthesia learn to read in colour - life - 18 November 2014 - New Scientist


文字から色や味を感じたりするSynaesthesia (共感覚)は、people's brains developing in such a way that their sensory signals get mixed up (脳が発達する過程で別の感覚神経同士が結合すること)で引き起こされると考えられています。いくつかの研究ではearly life experience(子供のころの経験)が影響することが明らかになってます。例えば

Some people with letter-color synaesthesia have reported that their pairings match the colours of childhood alphabet puzzle or fridge magnets.



Two years ago a group based in Amsterdam found they could induce some aspects of synaesthesia by getting people to read books where some of the letters appeared in certain colours. This improved their scores on the Stroop test, a task where they had to name letters presented in different colours.



しかーし!このたびUniversity of SussexのDaniel Borの実験で14人中9人が黒色の文字で書かれた文章で色をみることが出来たとのこと!羨ましい。


Training Half an hour, five days a week, on progressively harder tasks that test your recall of colours associated with 13 letters of the alphabet

(週5日30分間、13個のアルファベットの関連づけられた色を思い出すテストを実施。徐々に難易度が上がっていく仕組み )

Homework Read e-books where those 13 letters always appear in the right colours

(宿題: 上記の13個のアルファベットが特定の色で印刷されている電子書籍を読む)

Reward yourself In the study, people got small sums of cash if they scored higher than the previous week, which may have helped motivation

(自分にごほうび: テストの点が伸びると少し報酬がもらえる、これによりモチベーションアップ)

Let the weirdness begin By the end, most of the volunteers were starting to see ordinary text in real life take on the learned colours


Keep at it In the study the effects faded after training finished. It is not known how much effort is needed to maintain the effect but regular training should help