About the Network

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, to help build a bridge between new scientific discoveries and our unique human experience — to uncover new insight into how we learn, create, dream and remember with blind imagination.

Our mission is to improve the lives of those affected by aphantasia through world-class research, transformative advocacy and compassionate support.

What We Do

We share stories and lessons learned from people who live with aphantasia, strategies like how to write, or make art with aphantasia, and explore the shocking insights we uncover along the way.

We host fun interactive community events to meet like minds, “Ask Me Anything” sessions with some of the leading experts, and co-host the World’s Largest Event Exploring the Impacts of Imagery Extremes, the Extreme Imagination Conference.

The Network is sustained by a dedicated team of volunteers, supported by members from across the globe, and strengthened by citizen scientists and research partners who are passionate about making new discoveries.

Guided by world-leading scientists, Aphantasia Network is at the forefront of new discoveries around imagery extremes and the impacts these invisible differences can have on our life, work and wellbeing.

Thank you for being part of the exploration with us! Discover how you can get involved with the Network.

Our Story

Our founder, 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 aired several times across Canada on CBC Radio.

In January of 2019, interest in extreme imagination, aphantasia and it’s opposite hyperphantasia, or extremely vivid mental imagery, grew considerably when Ed Catmull, founder and former CEO of Pixar with Steve Jobs, 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 series, Space Force with Steve Carell.  Dr. Zeman’s original paper now scores in the top 5% of all research interests on Altmetric.

It became apparent to co-founders of the Network, Tom and Jennie that people across the spectrum of imagination needed a place to discover and learn about aphantasia. To explore some of the latest science and share resources. The pair began building Aphantasia Network in Sept 2019.

Since launch, the Network has grown beyond their imagination. Even if Tom could picture it.
 Aphantasia Network is now the #1 place for discovering aphantasia, a variation in human experience impacting more than 3% of people worldwide.

The Team

Tom-Ebeyer Aphantasia Network

Tom Ebeyer

Leadership

Tom is a social entrepreneur and founder of the Aphantasia Network. Tom’s unique vision is helping to shape the new, global conversation around the power of image-free thinking.

Jennie McDougall Aphantasia Network

Jennie McDougall

Community

Jennie is an experience designer and founder of the Aphantasia Network. Jennie helps develop a strong sense of community around aphantasia through compassionate support across our Network’s diverse stakeholders.

Dr.-Fiona-Manning Aphantasia Network

Dr. Fiona Manning

Research

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. Fiona supports our Research Collaborations and helps extend our knowledge and understanding of new scientific discoveries into multi sensory aphantasia.

Aphantasia Network Mónica-Aguado

Mónica Aguado

Events

Mónica has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Her mission is to help raise awareness about the diversity of thought processes, aphantasia, hyperphantasia and everything in-between. Mónica helps lead our community meetups and the Extreme Imagination conference.

Jessica-Jordao Aphantasia Network

Jessica Jordao

Social

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.

Emma-Jackson Aphantasia Network

Emma Jackson

Design

Emma is an aphantasic Graphic Design student at Oklahoma State University studying toward her bachelors degree. She is passionate about art and design as well as her discovery of aphantasia. She is joining the team as a volunteer designer to assist in all things graphic while also learning more about aphantasia along the way. 

Collaborators

Adam Zeman Aphantasia Researcher

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.
Joel Pearson APhantasia Researcher

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.

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