Recently, a really unique .gif video has been circulating at various online and social media outlets. Take a look at the .gif below… can you here a thud everytime the pylon that’s jumping rope hits the ground? I can! despite the fact that there is no sound. The correlation of seeing and hearing events is not new and scientists agree that seeing images like the .gif more commonly contribute to a hearing response or Visually Evoked Auditory Responses (VEAR) than hitherto thought.
There are many other type of synaesthesias – which is defined as a sensation experienced in a part of the body other than the part that is being stimulated, e.g. a sound may evoke sensaitons of color. Synaesthesias seem to have an approximate impact of 4.4 percent but recent research published in the Cortex (a science journal) estimated that VEAR is present up to 21 percent of the time. Researchers carried out this study by using a total of 24 silent videos very similary to the .gif here in an online study (n=4128). One of the most curious things found however, was that the people reporting “yes” to hearing sound from a silent video were also more likely to report tinnitus and musical imagery.