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Study finds that aphantasic individuals report decreased imagery in other sensory domains, although not all report a complete lack of multi-sensory imagery. They also report less vivid and phenomenologically rich autobiographical memories and imagined future scenarios, as well as fewer dreams.
The strength of a person’s mental imagery is linked to the excitability of different brain regions. Exactly how this network controls the strength of visual imagery remains unknown.
Being unable to visualise mental images gives you an advantage when working in science, study suggests
People who are unable to visualize mental images may have an advantage when working in scientific and mathematical industries, a study led by the University of Exeter (n=2200) shows. The phenomenon is the opposite of hyperphantasia which has been shown to be more common in creative professions.
A survey of 181 authors showed 63% actually “heard their characters speak” while writing, with 61% reporting characters were capable of acting independently.
What if you couldn’t evoke images of your children’s faces or the house you live in? Sue Armstrong investigates personal experiences of people with aphantasia, and the science behind it with a guest appearance from professor Adam Zeman.
Fantasy novelist Mark Lawrence, author of The Broken Empire series, has no problem with imagination. It was a shock to realize he couldn’t picture anything in his mind.
Online art exhibition – Extreme Imagination: Inside the Mind’s Eye – the digital counterpart of twin exhibitions hosted by Tramway, Glasgow, and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, in 2019. Exhibition features works by aphantasic and hyperhpantasic artists and invites us to consider the critical role of mental imagery in making art.
Aphantasia and hyperphantasia appear to be widespread but neglected features of human experience with informative psychological associations.
Neuropsychological data from an architect (PL518) who lost his ability for visual imagery following a bilateral posterior cerebral artery (PCA) stroke.
Online study of aphantasics (n=63) and controls required participants to draw real-world scenes from memory. Study found those without visual imagery show deficits in object but not spatial memory.