Synesthesia May Explain Healers Claims of Seeing People’s ‘Aura’

Via ScienceDaily:

Researchers in Spain have found that at least some of the individuals claiming to see the so-called aura of people actually have the neuropsychological phenomenon known as “synesthesia” (specifically, “emotional synesthesia”). This might be a scientific explanation of their alleged ability.

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 or letters with a particular color.

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 journal Consciousness and Cognition. This is the first time that a scientific explanation has been provided for the esoteric phenomenon of the aura, a supposed energy field of luminous radiation surrounding a person as a halo, which is imperceptible to most human beings…

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19 Responses to Synesthesia May Explain Healers Claims of Seeing People’s ‘Aura’

  1. Gregory Wyrdmaven June 14, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Of course another plausable explanation is that THEY CAN SEE THE FUCKING AURAS and our technology can’t explain it.

    • Trym Jonsen June 14, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Since we have the knowledge about the human eye’s visible spectrum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visible_spectrum http://www.biophysics.uwa.edu.au/e_book/6d.html and technology that can mimic this and even detect other wavelengths far from the eye’s spectrum, it would be reasonable to think that through science and scientific experiments this aura would have been discovered.

      • qigeek June 14, 2012 at 9:49 am #

        You are assuming that the aura is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Obviously, this is an incorrect assumption.

      • Malk June 14, 2012 at 11:09 am #

        We should have also found God, where the hell the rest of the universe is, wtf dark matter is, why gravity works, why electricity works, and all kinds of other things people take for granted but we haven’t.

        There is plenty our science has yet to unriddle, but I’m confident that it will someday. One -good- conversation with a -real- psychic and you and anyone else would never look back; it’s really that simple. Most science fanatics are unfortunately absolutely unwilling to seriously attempt to garner such experiences for themselves.

      • Chaorder Gradient June 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

        you’re assuming color(as opposed to frequency) is an inherant property of light, and thus that this aura sensation must be represented by electromagnetic spectrum. The mind pushes color onto the electromagnetic spectrum, not the other way around, so being able to detect more EM waves has nothing really to do with what the article is talking about.

    • Malk June 14, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      Ya I don’t really need to read an article when the title explains quite clearly “we don’t know what the fuck we’re talking about so we’re going to spend a lot of time thinking up ways to debunk it rather than try to understand it.” I think that’s called misplaced priorities, or closed mind thinking, or just not thinking in general.

      There are plenty who ascribe to all of the above schools though, so I’m sure the article will have lots of equally ill-experienced support.

    • Cal Gravatt June 15, 2012 at 3:06 am #

       that’s completely stupid and i mean that in the nice way

  2. Jose June 14, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I don’t think it at all odd that someone might be able to see an aura, considering dogs can’t see color and we can. Color is a frequency just like sound. Colors have to have harmonic frequencies.

    On the other hand, can you dig the way yellow number E102 smells so groovy man.

    • Chaorder Gradient June 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      colors are actually even more interesting than that. Physiologically, in the brain, colors have no real link to frequency exactly. It is determined only by comparison of stimulation by 3 frequency sensitive spectrums. In other words, it is more a property of however out mind works rather than a property of light. a way to imagine it is that a color is a quick reference to encoding points in a 3 dimensional space.

      In this sense I don’t see it all that wild to imagine a bat “hearing” in color, or a dog “smelling” in color, or even humans being able to empathize in color?

  3. Cal Gravatt June 15, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    they are not ACTUALLY healers

    • qigeek June 15, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      It is true, strictly speaking, that no person can heal another. It is ultimately up to the individual whether they heal or not. This is true no matter which of the healing modalities you are talking about, be it acupuncture, herbalogy, pharmacology, homeopathy, allopathy, or yes, even spiritual healing. 

      What remains a simple fact is that people have had healings when employing all of these various modalities, and each of them have their own way of perceiving what medium is best suited to igniting a healing process – be it pulse reading, blood tests, intake questionnaires, CAT scans, or yes, even inner vision.

      History has chosen to call those who help spark the healing process, healers. So, it is true, in another strict sense, they are ACTUALLY healers.

      • Jellywobble Fatarse June 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

        Your pathetic reliance on all these fake sciences (pharmacology apart – taking the correct drugs does make you well) shows you up for what you are: a backwards, primitive, gullible thoughtless lamebrain.

        • qigeek June 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

          I can only assume you are blissfully ignorant. But you are, indeed, ignorant, if you refuse to acknowledge the fact that people continually demonstrate a remarkable ability to heal from all forms of western-classified diseases without the use of pharmacology.

          Further, your description of me as “backwards, primitive, gullible and thoughtless” clearly shows your dissociation with reality.

        • Malk June 16, 2012 at 5:10 am #

          How is repetitive trial and error a “false science?” That’s the definition of science, systematic experimentation. Hell people have been recorded showing an ability to identify one rock hidden in an unmarked box from the other 15 over and over and over, far outweighing the possibility of “chance.” What does that mean? How the fuck should I know, but “scientists” have recorded them doing it, just as “scientists” have x-rayed peoples bones being set by “spiritual” “healers” over and over, or having bacteria decline dramatically despite the patient being given nothing but a sugar pill. There’s plenty we don’t understand.

          Your inability to read outside of the mass media’s propaganda is glaringly obvious.

  4. Jellywobble Fatarse June 15, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    I can recognise total bullshit wrapped in an aura of pseudo science and this is it in spades

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