People with a condition known as synesthesia are prone to swapping their senses. They can feel colors, see music, and smell words. This raises an important question for science: What's it like to have sex when you've got synesthesia? Thanks to some inquisitive researchers, we have the answer.
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People with synesthesia (aka "synesthetes") experience the world differently than most. Their neurological pathways are jumbled in such a way that they associate seemingly unrelated senses or mental states with other senses or experiences. The most common form of the condition is grapheme-color synesthesia, wherein individual numbers and/or letters of the alphabet induce the visual perception of specific color patterns. Other, less-common forms of cross-sensory variation abound, and include lexical-gustatory synesthesia (words are associated with taste), chromesthesia (sound-color synesthesia) and auditory-tactile (sound-touch) synesthesia.