On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words.
What IS it?
Basically, people with this kind of synesthesia visualize things like numbers, years in history, days of the week, months of the year.
So, for instance, when I think about the months of the year, they appear on sort of a racetrack shape in my head, and when I think of certain events, I place them at the appropriate point on the track.
(You can see my track on the top right in this photo.)
I also have a visual number line in my head that I use for math problems; mine starts at the bottom with 0 and then goes basically straight up into the air, with divisions at every multiple of 10. When I do mental math, I am always jumping around on this mental number line.
I used to think everyone visualized things in their head, and was very surprised when I learned, a while back, that that’s not the case.
(Related: I also used to think everyone sneezed in the sunshine, but as an adult, I became enlightened!)
I really can’t imagine trying to function without my mental pictures…it helps me with math, remembering my daily and weekly tasks, and remembering dates and events in history.
But to someone without this kind of synesthesia, I know this all sounds kind of crazy.
Brains are just such interesting things, aren’t they??
So, now I’m curious. Do any of you have spatial synesthesia?