St. Louis on the Air
Mon February 4, 2013
Seeing Sounds, Hearing Colors: UMSL Professor Researches Rare Condition
Synesthesia is a complex and rare condition in which input from one sense is perceived through another sense.
The abilities of people to see what they hear or hear what they see are just two examples.
A significant amount of research into the condition is being conducted at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Host Don Marsh spoke with Professor of Philosophy Brit Brogaard of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and with Kristian Marlow, a graduate student of philosophy at UMSL who participates in the research.
Also joining the program were two synesthetes. Daniel Kish is a development psychologist who has been blind for nearly all his life. He is an expert in human echolocation and through his non-profit organization, teaches blind people to see through sound.
Derek Amato also joined the program. He woke up after a concussion and discovered he could play the piano without any training or practice.
Editorial Note: A previous web version of this story identified Brit Brogaard as the Director of the St. Louis Synesthesia Lab at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and Kristian Marlow as the Lab’s Associate Director. Those titles are incorrect and the University of Missouri – St. Louis does not have a lab or center devoted to research on synesthesia, though it is Brit Brogaard’s area of expertise. The original audio has not been altered. (2/4/13)