Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Babies and Toddlers


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Babies Possess Synesthesia
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We've all heard stories about adults with synesthesia, their senses intermingled in a way that allows them to taste orange, see an E-flat and hear the music of a delicious glass of juice. It's supposedly what gives such self-professed synesthetic musicians as Richard D. James (AKA Aphex Twin) their edge.

But what if I told you that all babies are little Aphex Twins, and not in a creepy way?

Yes, according to a 2011 study published in Psychological Science, we come into this world with our senses so joined that stimulating just one of them reliably stimulates the others. They're essentially tripping at all times.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.