Canadian researchers are reporting only the second-known case of a
patient who developed synesthesia after a stroke — a bizarre brain
phenomenon where stimulation of one sense triggers others.
Nine months after suffering a stroke in the summer of 2007, the
45-year-old Toronto man began noticing that words printed in a sky blue
typeface revolted him; words written in yellow were only mildly better.
The sound of high-pitched brass instruments — specifically, the theme
music from the James Bond films — elicited feelings of euphoria that
the patient described as “orgasmic,” as if he could “ride the music.”
The Bond music also provoked blue flashes of light in his peripheral
vision, researchers from Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital report in the
The patient was convinced he was losing his mind.
No, just a side effect of a stroke.