Extreme synesthesia: Texas teenager says she can ‘feel’ the machines around her

Wassily Kandinsky’s Composition X. Kandinsky is widely believed to have been a synesthete.

Synesthesia, loosely defined as the phenomenon of a sensation creating an unnatural secondary sensation, is actually quite common; some humans perceive numbers as colors, for instance. But a young Texas girl might be the only person on the planet identified to have what’s known as “mirror touch” synesthesia — where an individual feels the emotions of those around her — with machines, not humans.

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