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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 – 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.

Quantifying aphantasia through drawing

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.

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