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Aphantasia, imagination and dreaming

The majority of aphantasics retain the capacity to experience rich visual dreams, despite being unable to produce visual imagery while awake. Aphantasia raises important theoretical concerns for the ongoing debate in the philosophy and science of consciousness over the nature of dreams.

A cognitive profile of multi-sensory imagery, memory and dreaming in aphantasia

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.

Blind Mind’s Eye

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.

Extreme imagination exhibition

Online art exhibition feauturing works by aphantasic and hyperhpantasic artists invites us to consider the critical role of mental imagery in making art.

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