First Place Research
“Imagine listening to a piece of music and seeing colors with every pitch, change in timbre, or different chord progressions.” Thus begins Jessica Makhlin’s research essay on the intriguing phenomenon of chromesthesia, a physical condition in which music evokes strong emotional responses and connections to colors. Chromesthesia affects approximately 5-15% of the population and is commonly associated with people who have perfect pitch. Jessica’s essay was written for Michael Miranda and Elizabeth Wimberly’s First Year Seminar class, Music as Mirror, fall 2014.
Makhlin, Jessica, "Chromesthesia as Phenomenon: Emotional Colors" (2014). Writing Programs. Paper 12.