Aphantasia Research at The University of Sussex

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asked 1 year ago

Researchers at The University of Sussex are currently conducting research into aphantasia. We are in the process of recruiting people who have aphantasia to participate in our research, and would be very grateful if anyone who thinks they may have aphantasia would consider taking part.

The focus of the research is understanding how visual knowledge is represented in aphantasia, and how aphantasia may affect domains such as sensory perception, memory, and cognitive and emotional processing.

To register your interest in taking part in our research, all that you have to do is complete a short questionnaire (on a computer, laptop or tablet) that asks you about you and your visual imagery. With your consent, we may then contact you in the future with opportunities to take part in further research (some based online, and some based at Sussex University).

If you are happy to complete the questionnaire, please follow the link below:


It is really important for us to recruit as many people as possible, so we can further our understanding and knowledge of aphantasia. We are extremely grateful for all interest, and participation, in our research.

The link to the questionnaire is also available on our ‘Aphantasia Research’ Facebook page (@aphantasiasussex).

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Carla Dance ([email protected]).

Max BarberMax Barber replied 1 year ago

Hi Carla, I filled in a questionnaire for Sussex a few years ago, but never heard anything back.

Jennifer McDougallJennifer McDougall Staff replied 1 year ago

Hello Carla, thanks for posting about your research! Very interested to learn more about what you discover. Where will this research be published?

Carla Dance replied 1 year ago

Hi Max, thank you for your reply. I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t hear anything back from the research you were involved in previously. I am working on a new project that started in October, so unfortunately I don’t know which research project you were a part of a few years ago. You’re more than welcome to fill the survey in above to be involved in the present research. Thank you!
Best wishes,

Carla Dance replied 1 year ago

Hi Jennifer, thank you for your reply. It’s great to hear that you are interested in our work – we are very grateful for all interest and participation in our research, as it means that we can further the understanding and knowledge of aphantasia. I can update you in the future as to where the research is published when we get to this stage within our ongoing projects.
Best wishes,

Max BarberMax Barber replied 1 year ago

Hi Carla, I started doing your questionnaire, and it seems similar to several I have done before. The problem you have with it is that I believe it is worded by someone who is not aphantasiac and so does not understand. It is not good saying things like “Imagine a Rainbow in your minds eye and say how well you can see it”, I don’t have a mind’s eye and I can’t imagine it at all, in fact, I don’t know what a minds eye is so can’t tell you what is missing. Sorry if I am coming across very negative, but you need to approach the questions differently. There needs to be some discussion between non-aphantasiac and aphantasiac people to create a framework from which we can discuss our differences. For a start, it would be great to understand what a minds eye is and how it works, by this I mean where in your head do you see things? In your mind or behind your eyes? When I close my eyes, everything is just blackness, there is nothing. Another question, and you can tell I don’t have a minds eye here, but can you see things in your minds eye whilst seeing things with your eyes? I.e. see and think about pictures at the same time? See I’m as interested in your minds eye as much as you are interested in my absence of one 🙂
Best wishes, Max

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