About Aphantasia Network

The power of image-free thinking

Aphantasia Network is shaping a new, global conversation on the power of image-free thinking. We’re creating a place to discover and learn about aphantasia. Our mission is to help build a bridge between new scientific discoveries and our unique human experience — to uncover new insight into how we learn, create, dream, remember and more with blind imagination.

Hey everyone,

I’m Tom and I built Aphantasia Network with my partner Jennie.

I’ve journeyed to understand what it means to be a non-visualizer for much longer than there has been a word to describe it.

When I first discovered aphantasia, there were no resources or support. All the writing I found talked about the benefits of visualizing… even today, a google search shows that it’s still heavily weighted this way.

I built the Aphantasia Network so people would have a place to discover and learn about our unique way of thinking. And to connect us.

A little about me and my journey.

  • I have full multisensory aphantasia.
  • I was one of the first 21 cases of aphantasia ever studied.
  • I lost my mom when I was in high school. Zeman used my story in the original paper that coined the term congenital aphantasia.
  • My story was picked up by the New York Times. After my inbox was flooded with questions from people all over the world.
  • There were no resources or support for aphantasics at this time. So I purchased aphantasia.com and taught myself how to code.
  • I have an unconventional academic background. Started in creative advertising. Dropped out of college. Went back to university to major in Global Studies. Completed my university degree part-time while working for my family business. I was hired by my university to lead their entrepreneurship incubator. Completed a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship. All while building the Aphantasia Network on the side.
  • I grew up in Canada, and moved to Malta (where my grandparents are from).
  • Currently working remotely for a Canadian Tech company. Living nomadically while growing the Aphantasia Network (if I happen to visit your city/country, I’d love to meet in person!)
  • I’ve spoken to thousands of aphantasics from around the world. From California to South Korea to the island of Madagascar. With a range of backgrounds and professional experiences – from successful entrepreneurs to award-winning authors and Nobel Laureates.
  • When I’m not talking about, writing about, or hosting interviews and events about aphantasia, I consult with other enterprises focusing on early-stage startups and growing companies.

I hope you find value in our resources and community.

Tom Ebeyer & Jennifer McDougall

Our founders

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Tom Ebeyer

Tom is not your average entrepreneur - he's a trailblazer with an unwavering passion for unveiling the mysteries of the human mind. As the visionary founder of the Aphantasia Network, Tom's groundbreaking work is challenging the status quo and reshaping the global conversation around the enigmatic power of blind imagination. Through his pioneering research, Tom is shedding light on how this unique variation in human experience shapes our perception of the world, unlocking profound insights into the very essence of what makes us who we are.

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Jennifer McDougall

Jennie is a social entrepreneur and futurist who fearlessly explores novel applications to solve community-based problems. As the co-founder of Aphantasia Network, she delves into the depths of human imagination, pushing the boundaries of what's possible to uncover new insights into the intricacies of the human experience. From challenging conventional notions to exploring the extremes, Jennie's work is a captivating journey of discovery into what it means to imagine differently.

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