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Monday, September 10, 2007

Food and synesthesia

The Psychology Press has an interesting (though meagre) podcast, with interviews of interesting people from psychology. The first one, with Jamie Ward, talked about synesthesia (a field in which he is an expert). At one point, he talks about how eating is such a multisensory experience.

And recently, I saw Ratatouille (which for me marked a come-back of better Disney films (ok, backed by Pixar animations animation) with a strong storyline). In this film, Remy, the rat-protagonist and food lover describes at one point how different flavors create different sensations; and how combining flavors makes markedly different sensations. Interestingly, when he is shown experiencing these sensations, one sees music and color patterns swirl around him - the rat is a food synesthete!


Anonymous Amanda said...

I love that you've recognized this! I was looking for an image or two to help aid a speech I'm giving to a class -- this is amazing. :)

May 14, 2009 7:55 PM  

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