A Beautiful Mind


“It’s so cool how we can see colors in music,” a young Emma Scribner commented while listening to the radio with her mother in the car. Her mom stopped, concerned about her elementary-school-aged daughter. “Are you hallucinating?” she asked.

It was the day Scribner realized not everyone sees the world the way she does.

“It’s easy to think whatever you’re experiencing might be normal,” she says. But Scribner soon learned that the patterns, shapes, and colors she sees in response to rhythms and beats are a unique expression of synesthesia—a condition which frequently affects those with epilepsy.

Diagnosed with the chronic seizure disorder when she was 6 years old, Scribner—now a junior studying neuroscience at UT—says she’s always been fascinated by the brain.

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