Can synesthesia be acquired?

Can synesthesia be acquired?

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Can one acquire synesthesia later in life? In his answer, Dr. Ward points out a few instances in which unused sensory pathways can cause the development of synesthesia-like symptoms after the loss of a sensory system (Like the onset of blindness). However, it would be a mistake to think that synesthesia is just a product of associative learning, where experiencing some sensory events together leads to the association of one event with the other.
Tags:
synesthesia, plasticity, blindness, multisensory
Duration:
00:03:07