Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Fun Test...

by Julie Hyzy

Don't worry, I haven't lost my marbles. Not yet, at least. I know it's Thursday. Read on...

I make no secret of the fact that I'm a synesthete. That is, I have the condition known as synesthesia. It's not a bad thing - in fact, I'm quite happy about it. In my growing-up family, I was the only one who had this (not that we knew there was a name for it back then) but I'm delighted to say that our youngest daughter has the condition too.

In case you're unaware, synesthetes have an unusual brain connection that associates unrelated concepts with color. There are other synesthetes who have connections with smells, tastes, etc, but my daughter and I are grapheme synesthetes and color is our thing. You can read more about it on this Wikipedia page, but I have to admit, looking at the graphic they have posted there is positively painful. When letters and numbers are the "wrong" colors (to my mind), it drives me bonkers. I actually had to cover the graphic with my hand while I copied the URL.

Let me give you a for instance: To me, Monday is red. As is the letter J, which makes my name red, mostly. The number 1 is white and 6 is red, so for me 16 turns up as pink. But it isn't always that clear cut. I see Wednesday as yellow, but my daughter disagrees. We've had some fun arguments about which numbers and which colors correlate. And we only discovered that this condition had a name about four years ago.

Anyway.... as you may also know, our eldest daughter is an artist. She recently shared a link with me to a test that measures the participant's color acuity. It only takes a few minutes, and the results won't to do much to either enhance or trouble your life, but it's fun.

Our eldest achieved a pretty remarkable score of 7. The lower the score, the better and I think the highest (worst) score is 1520. I took the test and managed a zero. Woo-hoo, perfect hue acuity. My youngest then took it and also got a zero. I wonder if our synesthesia makes us extra aware of color, too? I'm betting that has a lot to do with our perfect scores.

If you're interested, here's a link to the test.


It only takes a few minutes. If you take it, post your score. It'll be fun to share!

And, because we Cozy Chicks love to celebrate new books for all of release week, let me send a shout out to my blog-sisters Ellery Adams and Lorraine Bartlett who - I know - are happy to have these great new titles to share with readers. If you haven't already, please consider picking up their new books. The first week of activity makes all the difference when publishers need to decide on contracts and print runs and publicity ... well, a lot of things! If you enjoy these authors (and who wouldn't?) let's show them some Cozy Love~