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How do you perform on mental rotation tasks?

Mental Rotation (MR) is a technique leading researchers studying aphantasia have used to better understand how the visual processing systems differ in the brain of an aphantasic. For many years, it was believed that you needed mental imagery in order to complete such tasks. According to Zeman’s 2010 study, patient MX (who developed aphantasia after undergoing surgery) was still able to perform perfectly on mental rotation tasks despite his inability to create mental images of the objects in his mind’s eye. It was also discovered that some people with aphantasia actually perform better on MR tasks than others. The findings have puzzled many scientists. How do you perform on MR tasks? What alternative strategies do you use to solve them? Complete some MR tasks here. Remember to share your answers, time to complete and any new insights here!

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How have you learned to describe Aphantasia?

Describing aphantasia is no easy task, especially considering the fact that the phenomenon exists entirely in the privacy of our own minds. We (The Aphantasia Network) use the example “think of a horse” whe describing aphantasia to people who… well…sometimes just don’t get it. Others use the red star or red apple example. You can read more about our approach here.  How have you learned to describe aphantasia? What approaches, strategies and tools have you tried?

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