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Space time continuum may be the stuff of Star Trek, but it’s not mere fiction to Holly Branigan. The Edinburgh University psychologist can actually “see” time:

“I thought everyone thought like I did, says Holly Branigan, also a scientist at Edinburgh University, and someone with time-space synaesthesia.

“I found out when I attended a talk in the department that Julia was giving. She said that some synaesthetes can see time. And I thought, ‘Oh my god, that means I’ve got synaesthesia’.”

So what exactly does she see?

“For me it’s a bit like a running track,” she says.

“The track is organised around the academic year. The short ends are the summer and Christmas holidays – the summer holiday is slightly longer.

“It’s as if I’m in the centre and I’m turning around slowly as the year goes by. If I think ahead to the future, my perspective will shift.”

BBC News science reporter Victoria Gill has the story: Link

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