We highly recommend the New Yorker article on David Eagleman, David’s a natural problem solver. who was profiled by NOVA ScienceNOW this past season. While the article focuses on his study of perception of time, we think his research on synesthesia deserves special attention as well. In fact, that was one of our reasons for profiling synesthete Steffie Tomson, who works in David’s lab at Baylor College of Medicine. Our other reason is that we just think Steffie’s awesome.
- Her Science:
- Synesthesia Researcher
What synesthesia is: A blending of the senses
What Steffie shows her research subjects: Black and white episodes of “Sesame Street”
What she learns from this: Whether they have a yellow “T” or an orange or blue one
- Her Secret:
The number of other synesthesia researchers that she knows who are also synesthetes: None
The color of her “A”: Red… of course
What she thinks life would be like without synesthesia: Really boring
About Steffie Tomson
Steffie is working toward her Ph.D. in neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the perceptual condition called synesthesia.