Ask the Subjects :: Synaesthesia
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Have you noticed any associative changes between smell, taste, and memory?
There was an absence of smells, except for of course my art materials. You could smell the food wafting through the door but the food itself was quite bland, although edible. I think as you get more tired, your brain starts playing tricks with your memory. But then a lot of the drawings I created were memory scapes and some of the works were from dreams I had whilst in the experiment.
I missed smells! I found the lack of smell and sound in the lab unpleasant, although it was very calming. My short term memory was shot by the end of the week, but long-term memories came floating up, and I found myself growing quite nostalgic. A lot of our conversations in the last couple of days were fed by sentimental recollections from childhood, but it’s hard to say whether that was because memory was stimulated or because we were emotionally vulnerable. Probably a bit of both.