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Steffie Tomson

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“I would hate to not be a synesthete anymore.”


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Steffie Tomson researches synesthesia, a blending of the senses.


Steffie is also the only synesthesia researcher that she knows of who is also a synesthete. The color of the letter “A” is always red to her because of course it is.

Living Color

Steffie Tomson tells us about someone who thinks the word "Eric" tastes like ear wax.

I Have It Too

Steffie Tomson spells "synesthesia" in color… her colors.

30 Second Science with Steffie Tomson

We give Steffie Tomson 30 seconds to describe her science and she makes a square apple.

10 Questions for Steffie Tomson

We ask Steffie Tomson 10 questions and she disses Ernie from "Sesame Street."

Blog Posts

Ask Steffie Your Questions
It Isn’t Just About The Colors
A Blue “D” And Some Yellow Bananas
A More Colorful World
What Color is Your Friday?
An Instructional Film on Synesthesia!


About Steffie Tomson

Steffie Tomson is doing research and working toward her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. She specifically studies synesthesia, a perceptual condition that manifests as a blending of the senses. Steffie brings a special perspective to her research, since she herself is a synesthete.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.