References to synesthesia in fiction

References to synesthesia in fiction

Synesthesia is a neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. There are many occurrences of synesthesia in books, television and film.

Uses in television

* In a scene from the NBC sitcom "30 Rock", Jack Donaghy is in the hospital. Liz Lemon goes up to him, and Donaghy says, "They gave me some drugs. Now my mouth tastes like purple."
* In a scene from the Fox medical drama "House", a character played by Essence Atkins is in the hospital asking for House's help and says, "I started to hear through the eyes."

Uses in other media

* In several scenes from the Disney/Pixar film "Ratatouille", Remy expresses different flavors with music and visual symbols across the screen. [ [http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-06-27/film/incredible-edible S.F. Weekly Review of Ratatouille] ]

* In the comic book series Top Ten by Alan Moore, there is a character "Detective Wanda "Synaesthesia" Jackson". Her advanced synaesthesia leads into the realm of clairvoyance. Once upon examining a crime scene, Detective Jackson begins to hum a tune by Beethoven. Later, she realizes she was sensing the criminal's perfume, Ode to Joy. Further, she relates touch to taste; commenting that touching an ex-boyfriend's skin was like tasting ashes.

*In the children's novel "A Mango-Shaped Space" by Wendy Mass, the protagonist, Mia, has synesthesia. When she enters the 8th grade, the news is leaked into her school, putting the shy heroine into the spotlight. "A Mango-Shaped Space" was given the Schneider Family Book Award, and is a fun and easy read for children and adults alike.

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