Kathryn Jackson, 22, from Nottingham has lexical-gustatory synaesthesia. Her condition means she can taste different flavours as she hears or reads words. Certain names cause her to taste marshmallows, apples, custard and carrots. Advertising student says can taste carrots every time she hears the name Rory
A student has been diagnosed with a bizarre condition that causes her to taste different foods every time she hears words.
Kathryn Jackson, 22, from Nottingham, can taste carrots every time she hears the name Rory, and stuffing every time someone says 'impossible'.
Across the world, one in every 5,000 people have synesthesia. But what really is it?
Synaesthesia is a condition that causes people to experience different senses at the same time.
For example, the most common type of synesthesia, colour-graphemic, causes those with the condition to associate words and numbers with colours. Across the world, one in every 5,000 people have synesthesia, according to Boston University. But lexical-gustatory synaesthesia is a rare form of the condition and affects less than one in 100,000 people. James Wannerton, the president of UK Synaesthesia Association said: 'Synaesthesia is caused by cross activation between two normally separate areas of the brain. 'An individual with synaesthesia has extra neural connections linking these separate areas. 'The stimulation of one sense causes an involuntary reaction in one or more of the other senses. 'Someone with synaesthesia may for example, hear colour or see sound.'Source: https://onedio.com/haber/sinestezi-durum...