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My Friend, The Synesthete

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Just as we were putting the finishing touches on Steffie Tomson’s “10 Questions” synesthesia video, I was paid a visit by my friend Robin. I’ve known Robin for close to 40 years and she has always been an incredibly visual person. In fact, she makes a living as a graphic designer.

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Here’s Robin. There’s a synesthete born every minute!

As I watched Steffie’s video, Robin peaked over my shoulder. When Steffie was asked “What color is Monday?,” Robin confidently blurted “Red” about a half a second before Steffie said “Red.”

I turned to look at Robin with an arched eyebrow. “Are you a synesthete?,” I asked her. Robin looked surprised.

“I guess so,” she said. “I’ve always associated letters and numbers with colors. I just assumed everyone did.”

Robin, welcome to the Synesthesia Club. You’re one in one-hundred!