December 11, 2015 Fringe, Neuroscience, Podcast 2 Comments

Episode 106

This week we take a deep dive into the world of Synesthesia – a unique quirk of evolution affecting around 4% of the population – whereby one or more of our senses are joined or coupled. Noted author and Professor of Neurology at George Washington University Dr. Richard E. Cytowic MD MFA guides Jesse down the rabbit-hole and beyond the trappings of urban legends and popular misconceptions.

Talking about destroying myths, Jesse shatters a very popular one about happiness and longevity, making it easier for you to be Mr. Grumpy this holiday season (if you so choose). To know more stick around for the Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick.

Episode Highlights

0:34Cross wiring in the human brain.
1:44This Week In Neuroscience: Out of body experiences.
5:10The audience interaction section.
7:33Jesse introduces Dr. Richard E. Cytowic.
8:45Synesthesia defined.
9:43Commonalities in the Synesthetic alphabet.
10:53Origins of Synesthesia and population covered.
12:59Cross-wiring of senses.
14:12What led Dr. Cytowic to study Synesthesia.
18:16Mechanism of action - Synaptic pruning.
21:33A question about evolution and superior selection.
22:25Are we all somewhat Synesthetic?
23:16Consciousness and the 10% myth.
24:07Prevalence of Synesthesia in different cultures.
25:42Inducing Synesthesia.
28:01Bombarded by flux.
30:00Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Happiness - a fish that you can’t catch.

PS: Enjoy the spirit of Yuletide as it sweeps you towards new beginnings and don’t forget to arm yourself with a subscription to our lip-smackingly delicious weekly newsletter – Brain Breakfast.

Written by Anushtup Chatterjee
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