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 +===== Introduction =====
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 ===== Research Questions ===== ===== Research Questions =====
  
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   - What evidence is there that advocates the existence of Synesthesia?​   - What evidence is there that advocates the existence of Synesthesia?​
  
-===== Theories Addressing ​Synesthesia ====+==== Why Study Synesthesia====
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-  - The Cross-Activation Theory states there is "​unique"​ neural brain wiring in people that have Synesthesia. These unique connections are responsible for the ability to see colors where others do not. +
-  - The Disinhibited Feedback Theory states that normally existing brain wiring in people are used in an atypical manner. This special use could be due to abnormal neuron excitation and/or inhibition patterns. +
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-==== Tests ==== +
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-We will go into detail about tests that are conducted that not only study Synesthesia,​ but proves that it exists. +
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-==== Qualities of Synesthesia ==== +
-We will discuss in the next section certain classifications that go along with Synesthesia.+
  
-==== How will studying ​Synesthesia ​Affect Us? ====+Synesthesia ​is a generally new condition to scientific research, yet in the last twenty years, so much has been revealed about this unique perceptual disorder. It is a topic of research that is constantly expanding, with new questions addressed and new experiments performed. Though studies have shown that the condition of synesthesia is genetic, future researchers could investigate what specific gene is linked to synesthesia,​ and if it is possible to create and control this condition. Other studies could further investigate the neural basis of synesthesia to hopefully determine or confirm the conflicting theories. One could study young infants and examine their perceptions of the world, in order to investigate the theory that every human is born with synesthesia. Potentially,​ future researchers may examine non-synesthetes to determine if varying degrees of this condition are really present in as many as one in twenty-three individuals.
  
-Most people do not have this fascinating conditionso how will studying it change our lives? Believe it or not, there are Synesthetic qualities that coincide with a non-synesthetic brain, as well as certain disorders, and understanding further how Synesthesia works may help us to find cure for other disorders.+Although cognitive psychologists ​have not yet been able to pinpoint the causes of synesthesia,​ the population statistics, or even the number of forms of the condition, there is no doubt in the existence of this disorderand the varying synesthetic perceptions. Psychologists and cognitive scientists will continue to study this fascinating cognitive perception disorder ​as it grows more popular and pervasive in our society. By simply studying the existence of synesthesiathe field of psychology ​and cognitive science gain better understanding of the mystery of the human mind and perception.
  
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