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About the network

Aphantasia Network is on a mission to shape a new, global conversation. We’re building a place to discover and learn about aphantasia, and build a bridge between new scientific discoveries and our unique human experience — to uncover new insight into how we think, create, and dream with blind imagination.

Our vision is to realize the potential of the ~3% worldwide with blind imagination by providing a space to share stories, ask questions, explore the science and discover practical strategies for improving the life and work of people living with aphantasia.

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Our Story

Tom Ebeyer was among the first 21 reported cases of ‘congenital aphantasia’ mentioned in the original scientific paper by Dr. Adam Zeman in 2015. The paper was picked up by media outlets, including the New York Times, which led to an outpouring of new discoverers who also identified with having aphantasia.

Tom quickly realized there was no available support or information for people with a ‘blind mind’s eye,’ so he began building the foundations for a network. Tom’s story was picked up by CBC’s Doc Project in 2019, and the episode Think of a Horse produced by the network’s Creative Director, Paul Aflalo, aired several times across Canada on CBC Radio.

In January of 2019, interest in the extremes of human imagination both aphantasia and it’s opposite, hyperphantasia, or hyper-vivid imagination, grew considerably when Ed Catmull, the founder and former CEO of Pixar, was profiled on BBC News as also being ‘blind in the mind’s eye’.

In a surprising survey of Ed’s former employees, Catmull discovered so too do some of the world’s best Disney animators like Glen Keane, the creator of The Little Mermaid. Since the discovery of aphantasia, media attention has been growing steadily including receiving a mention in the Netflix original, Space Force with Steve Carell.  Dr. Zeman’s paper now scores in the top 5% of all research interests on Altmetric.

It became apparent to co-founders of the Aphantasia Network, Tom and Jennie that people across the spectrum of imagination needed a place to discover and learn about aphantasia, and share stories about their unique imaginative experiences. The pair began building the Aphantasia Network in Sept 2019. Aphantasia Network is now the #1 place to discover and learn about aphantasia, a condition impacting more than 3% of people worldwide.

In early 2020, Tom and Jennie began working on Imagination Spectrum, the world’s first cognitive assessment measuring the vividness of mental imagery across all senses. Imagination Spectrum provides personalized insight into your unique imaginative experience and explores the real-world impacts mental imagery (or lack thereof) can have in our lives and work. The platform is set to launch mid-2021.

The Team

Tom Ebeyer

Tom Ebeyer

founder

Tom is a social entrepreneur and founder of the Aphantasia Network. Tom’s unique vision is shaping the global conversation about the power of blind imagination, and revealing how our unique imaginative experiences shape the world we perceive and make us who we are. 

Jennifer McDougall

Jennie McDougall

founder

Jennie is an experience designer exploring extreme imagination and everything in-between. Jennie’s leading the design and business development of Imagination Spectrum, the world’s first multi-sensory assessment measuring the spectrum of human imagination.

Dr Kelly Aminian

Dr. Kelly Aminian

NeurologIST

Kelly holds a BSc, MSc, M.D., and is currently pursuing her neurology residency at Dalhousie University. Kelly played a foundational role in the development of the Imagination Spectrum psychometric, and is currently advising platform developments. She is also an award-winning harpist with aphantasia.

Fiona Manning

Dr. Fiona Manning

Cognitive Scientist

Fiona is a research consultant with a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University. Her expertise is centred on sensory integration and its impact on human cognitive processes, and is currently advising the research and development of Imagination Spectrum.

Paul Aflalo

Paul Aflalo

Creative Director

Paul Aflalo is a storyteller, documentary filmmaker and radio producer who has a deep curiosity into the human experience. Paul is the executive producer of the Imagine That! podcast.

Zach Dobosh

Zach Dobosh

Associate Editor

Zach is a builder, with a passion and drive for building community and connecting with other like minds. He’s currently exploring techniques for strengthening community engagement and outreach strategies to more meaningful connect the global aphantasia community.

Monica Aguado

Mónica Aguado

Events

Mónica is a highly motivated professional with in-house event organisation, international office and luxury hotel management experience with over 15 years in the hospitality and private investments. Her mission is to raise awareness about the diversity of thought processes, aphantasia, hyperphantasia and everything in-between. Mónica is currently leading the planning and organizing of the first *virtual* Extreme Imagination conference taking place in October 2021.

Jessica Jordao

Jessica Jordao

SoCIAL MeDIA

Jessica, a fellow aphantasic, formally trained in educational theory and online learning. She’s passionate about engaging audiences to further spread knowledge on Aphantasia, and is currently leading our social media efforts to connect with our growing global audience.

Collaborators

Dr Adam Zeman

Dr. Adam Zeman

Neurologist

Zeman trained in Medicine at Oxford University Medical School, after a first degree in Philosophy and Psychology. He’s been a consultant neurologist in Edinburgh, from 1996, and has been Professor of Neurology at Exeter University Medical School since 2005. Zeman coined the term ‘aphantasia‘ to describe the lack of a “mind’s eye” back in 2015.
Dr Joel Pearson

Dr. Joel Pearson

Cognitive Scientist

Joel is the founder and director of the UNSW Future Minds Lab. A hands on empirical lab that develops new methods to scientifically study all related aspects of innovation using Psychology and Neuroscience. Joel studies the mechanisms and application of mental imagery, by using behavioural, human brain imaging and brain stimulation techniques.

Patrons

Calle Englund • Rachel Lou • livobserver • brian byrne • Devra Kudeviz • Anthony Reinbach • John Bengey • renald miller • Eddy Gurge • Lynn Thies • Wayne Sanderson • Rachel C • Sally Suen • Avi Flax
GET IN TOUCH

We’re always looking for new collaborators.

Are you working on a project related to aphantasia, hyperphantasia, researching extreme imagination, or interested in media?

Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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