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How do you describe aphantasia? Founder of Aphantasia Network often gets asked this question. His answer? Think of a horse.
Knowledge of our invisible differences dates back to 340 BC. Aristotle stands at the beginning of this history when imagination was not an established topic of discussion yet.
Why might your mind's eye be blind while your friend can picture crystal-clear images? Shocking insights into the known neurodifferences in imagery vividness.
Aphantasia isn’t limited to just visual imagination; it can impact all sensory imagery in the mind. For example, when most people go to a restaurant and see ...
December 8, 2020
When Tom and I first tell people about his experience of aphantasia we often get asked this question: Do you dream? Tom doesn’t dream visually, he drea...
February 11, 2021
I recently wrote an article on new research that uses electrical stimulation to see what’s different in the brains of people who see vivid imagery vers...
June 13, 2021
My girlfriend has hyperphantasia for all mental senses. It blew my mind when I learned some time ago she can accurately taste in her mind what a dish will ta...
CBC Radio publishes a multimedia docuseries on the discovery of aphantasia and Tom Ebeyer's story building the foundations for a global Aphantasia Network.
December 12, 2019
Dr. Adam Zeman joins Tom Ebeyer for a live Ask Me Anything event to answer the community's questions on aphantasia and hyperphantasia.
February 21, 2021
Adam Zeman shares the rediscovery of aphantasia, a blind mind's eye, in this presentation from the 2021 Extreme Imagination Conference and Exhibition.
October 21, 2021
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What is the true spectrum of mental imagery? Neuroscientist Sam Schwarzkopf from the University of Auckland explores the depths of mental imagery with host Tom Ebeyer of the Aphantasia Network.
February 28, 2024
Dr. Paolo Bartolomeo a neuroscientist from the Paris Brain Institute joined Aphantasia Network to discuss some of the recent aphantasia brain research.
February 13, 2024
A picture paints a thousand words, but what happens when our aphantasia brain can't visualize that picture? Jianghao Liu, a brain researcher from the Paris Brain Institute joins Aphantasia Network to dive into this probing questions.
October 25, 2023

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In July 1963, Alice Grebanier's observation of a total solar eclipse marked a pivotal moment in her life. This event, merging scientific discovery with profound reflections on memory and emotion, showcases how moments of discovery can eclipse the limitations of memory recall in aphantasia.
People with aphantasia may struggle with memory recall. This may be because our memories are image-free. But, just because we can't see our memories, does that mean we don't have them? The ability to visualize is not a prerequisite for remembering rich experiences.
Recent research has illuminated the challenges individuals with aphantasia face when remembering the past, shedding light on a concern that resonates deeply within our community.
Whether you’re an aphant or a visualizer, marriage, or any loving partnership, is about commitment. Among other things, commitment means respecting each other’s differences and working through them lovingly.
The concept of 'tokens' and 'types' helped me understand how we think differently: visualizers use specific imagery, while aphantasics excel in abstract thinking.
We’re not — aphants don’t see the world the way most people do. Our brains work differently.

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Aphantasia and involuntary imagery
Krempel, R., & Monzel, M. (2024). Aphantasia and involuntary imagery. Consciousness and Cognition, 120(103679), 103679. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2024.103679
Aphantasia is often discussed in the context of voluntary imagery—like trying to picture an apple at will—aphantasia also impacts involuntary imagery, such as the vivid scenes some experience while dreaming. This broader impact challenges the common notion that aphantasia only affects voluntary mental images and suggests a deeper, overall deficit in forming any mental imagery. Recent studies highlighted in the research by Raquel Krempel and Merlin Monzel provide critical insights. While people with aphantasia can often recall visual elements in dreams, suggesting some preserved involuntary imagery, the research shows that other involuntary images—triggered by reading or even during moments of reflection—are less intense or absent compared to those without the condition. This finding implies that aphantasia might not just be an inability to generate images on demand but a more comprehensive difficulty with accessing mental imagery in various contexts. The paper argues against the traditional understanding of aphantasia as merely a voluntary deficit, advocating for a broader interpretation where both voluntary and involuntary imagery capacities are considered. This redefinition encourages more accurate research directions and better understanding of the neural mechanisms involved, potentially leading to more effective supports and interventions for those with aphantasia.

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April 10, 2024
OK – first day member: I discovered Aphantasia maybe 5 years ago. My wife would talk about how she pictured this or that. I thought nothing about it ...
Hello dearest community, kind of a weird question to ask I guess. But I really can't seem to figure it out. There are the tests and I talk to other peop...
March 11, 2024
I remember what people look by a photograph I've seen of a person. I shut my eyes and can conjure up a photograph image of a relative or a friend but I ...
March 5, 2024
Almost simultaneously realising that I am an aphant (three days ago, at the age of 71) and that this "difference" has had a fundamental and positiv...
March 2, 2024
I am brand new to learning I have this. I was stunned. But it may explain something and I wondered about others. I have vivid, colorful, active dreams occ...
February 14, 2024
I wonder if my mind just prefers to process the raw data from my memory without bothering to reconstruct the pictures. Clearly the memory is there or I woul...
A few people cannot conjure up any sound, texture, taste, smell, emotion, or any imagery from their past using their mind's eye. Mind's eye blindne...
February 4, 2024
To me, being a Aphantasian, I dislike being diagnozed with Aphantasia. To me it is just a trait, a charateistic I have. Just like so many other traits we as ...
January 29, 2024
I called NHS 111 to ask what the best way to receive a formal Aphantasia diagnosis (it's currently impossible to get a GP appointment) and they said the...
January 23, 2024
Thank you for the Aphantasia Network! I've maybe been a member for over a year. In that time, not only have I loved the humour, but I have learnt about ...
January 21, 2024
I was privileged growing up, and numerous times, family vacations were Disney-centric. We went to Disneyland and Disneyworld (the former more often than the ...
January 17, 2024
Hi! On the latest news letter, i just want to post a really interesting video, that gave me a similar feeling! I have started to think that my way of "v...
January 9, 2024
Podcasts and audio dramas, hit or miss? I've never been able to really get into audio-based stories because they rely on description. However I recently...
January 1, 2024
Hi, we have just discovered that my 13 year old daughter maybe both Aphantasic & Anauralic (hopefully those are the correct terms). We completed the VVIQ...
December 20, 2023
When I first read an article on aphantasia, I had a real sense of relief. I finally understood a lot of things at once, including why I wasn't visualizi...
November 29, 2023
I tried multiple times to visualize any color apple after a 30 second stare but it didn't work and I just saw a blank, white wall afterwards. I'm w...