It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans have some type of mental disorder . In 2011, it was reported that approximately 11.4 million adult Americans suffer from serious mental illness. Out of all the currently known mental disorders, these five (in our opinion) top the list for being the strangest. Continue reading
Synesthesia refers to the neurological condition where stimulation to one sensory modality is involuntarily and automatically perceived in other sensory or cognitive pathways. For example, some persons classified as synesthetes have reported that they are able to taste words or visualize colors when they hear certain sounds. In the video above we are introduced to Elizabeth Sulser, who is able to both see and taste music.
- What’s this thing called ‘Synesthesia’? (psychologytoday.com)
- Synesthesia traced to colors of kids magnetic letters: Learning and memory may play central role (sciencedaily.com)
Abnormal behavior, such as “punching yourself in the face,” may appear symptomatic of aggression but could actually stem from an unusual neurological impairment. Professing to taste colors or speaking in a foreign accent may lead to a referral to a psychiatrist but these behaviors can actually result from rare brain disorders, sometimes genetically acquired, but most often manifesting as a result of trauma or disease. Continue reading