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.

COLOR ACUITY 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~



MURDER ON THE HALF SHELF

PIES AND PREJUDICE

25 comments:

FirstOfMay said...
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FirstOfMay said...

My score was 137, but then I really had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. So I probably did it wrong. Are you supposed to put like colors together in each row or what?

Elizabeth Reeves said...

My score was 16... woo-hoo!

Chaplain Jan said...

I scored a 12! Not bad for an old crone!

Anita Joy said...

What fun. I scored 150, but as I am colour blind (yup, girls can be, but very rare) I am happy with that (the graph showed big spikes over the red/green colours, lol).

I also associate colours with words, but didn't realise it had a name (for interest, for me J is purple, and Wednesday is red, Monday light blue).

CBrand said...

I scored 16! That was a really neat test!!
Thanks!

Julie Hyzy said...

Firstof May - pretty good score for not knowing what you're doing! You're supposed to put the squares in order from the color on the left, morphing slowly to the color on the right. Sounds like you did just fine!

Elizabeth - Nice!!

Chaplain Jan - Nobody is old around here! I prefer to think that we're all timeless.

Anita Joy - how interesting! I've never heard of a woman with color blindness. And you're apparently a synesthete too! My daughter and I haven't met very many who share this condition. Welcome to the club! There are links all over the Internet to learn more and to register. I'd bet the people who've developed studies would love to talk to you!

CBrand - good for you - and thanks. It is a neat test!

Alicia said...

I scored a 16 - fun!

Brittney said...

Wow I got a 19 and could not see where mine were wrong!! Crazy!

Karen B said...

142 - but then I'm OLD!!

Julie - just finished Grace Among Thieves. Another big time winner!

Cheryl said...

I scored a 4..which is good because I am competitve :-)

Julie Hyzy said...

Alicia and Brittney - It gets confusing doesn't it? Still - great scores for you both!

Karen B. - Thank you!! I'm so glad you liked it! I'm hard at work on Grace #4 right now.

Cheryl - A little competitiveness never hurt anybody! Aweseom score!

Ann H. said...

Wow - now I feel crummy because my score was 28. :(

Julie Hyzy said...

Ann H. - I think 28 is pretty excellent! Remember, the worst score is 1520!

And a few of us on FB have been talking about how our computer monitor displays could be a help or a hindrance...

Chèli said...
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Chèli said...

I just couldn't get one section where I was satisfied - probably where my score of 3 came from. Maybe my glasses were dirty.

But great fun, love to play with shades and hues!

Julie Hyzy said...

LOL, Cheli! I'm sure it was your glasses. But a 3 is certainly nothing to complain about!

Books by Heather said...

My score was a 4. Messed up on that bottom one!

Books by Heather said...

Btw, I'd never heard of synesthetes but think it's kind of cool!

Julie Hyzy said...

It is cool, Heather (congrats on that great score, btw!), but I never knew it had a name or that anyone else's brain worked the way mine did until fairly recently. Fun stuff, though!

Leann Sweeney said...

I scored 20 but I had a LOT of trouble with glare on my laptop screen. (It is now time for a new laptop according to the tax lady, and I had already decided I am getting a non-glare screen). But, I was wondering if being able to "memorize" shades is part of this. I can look at a color at home (Of a shirt or a pillow or whatever) and then go to the store and pick out the exact same color and what will go with it because I have memorized the color. This helps a lot when you're a quilter by the way!

Fred said...

I'm another of the "timeless people" and I got a 6. Didn't expect anything that low.

Julie Hyzy said...

Leann - I'm jealous. I'm always certain I'll remember a color correctly and yet I never do.

Excellent, Fred! I'd add "priceless" to "timeless!"

Debbie F said...

What fun! I scored a 0. I always thought I had good color vision, and now I have proof! Being a synesthete must be really interesting. I have heard of music synesthesia also.

Mish said...

I can't believe I got a 7. Thanks for the cool link.