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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Synesthesia Enables Seeing of Auras


For the first time, a scientific explanation has been presented of the human aura, an energy field of luminous radiation surrounding a person as a halo ~ imperceptible to most people.

Now, researchers in Spain have found that many of the individuals claiming to see the aura of other people actually experience the neuropsychological phenomenon known as “synesthesia.” In synesthetes, the brain regions responsible for the processing of each type of sensory stimuli are intensely interconnected ~ synesthetes can see or taste a sound, feel a taste, or associate people with a particular color.

According to Medical Press:
In neurological terms, synesthesia is due to cross-wiring in the brain of some people (synesthetes); in other words, synesthetes present more synaptic connections than "normal" people. 
"These extra connections cause them to automatically establish associations between brain areas that are not normally interconnected,” professor Gómez Milán explains. Many healers claiming to see the aura of people might have this condition.  
The University of Granada researchers remark that "not all healers are synesthetes, but there is a higher prevalence of this phenomenon among them. The same occurs among painters and artists, for example.”
The study was conducted by the University of Granada Department of Experimental Psychology Óscar Iborra, Luis Pastor and Emilio Gómez Milán, and has been published in the prestigious journal Consciousness and Cognition.

2 comments:

Jason Andrews said...

Sorry but you have re-reported a misleading press release I think...

If you read the adbstract from the original research paper the scientific authors conclude that synesthesia DOES NOT explain seeing auras....

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053810011002868

Abstract

In a variety of synaesthesia, photisms result from affect-laden stimuli as emotional words, or faces of familiar people. For R, who participated in this study, the sight of a familiar person triggers a mental image of “a human silhouette filled with colour”. Subjective descriptions of synaesthetic experiences induced by the visual perception of people’s figures and faces show similarities with the reports of those who claim to possess the ability to see the aura. It has been proposed that the purported auric perception may be easily explained by the presence of a specific subtype of cross-modal perception. We analyse the subjective reports of four synaesthetes who experience colours in response to human faces and figures. These reports are compared with descriptions of alleged auric phenomena found in the literature and with claims made by experts in esoteric spheres. The discrepancies found suggest that both phenomena are phenomenologically and behaviourally dissimilar.

Doug Webber said...

Thanks for this post. I wrote an article on my blog concerning the human aura, as explained by Emanuel Swedenborg, and was looking for scientific evidence for this.