Most people are able to conjure up an image in their mind. Some people report unusually vivid, or vague, mental imagery, ranging from the ability to ‘see’ an object as clearly as if it was in the room with them (hyperphantasia), to the total absence of the ability to visualise, or ‘see’ a picture when you close your eyes (aphantasia).
Difficulty recognising faces (prosopagnosia), identifying emotions (alexithymia), or talking to yourself (inner speech) also vary in intensity from person to person and potentially have relationships with either extremes of visual imagery, or autism, or both.
This research project at the University of Exeter is exploring the variations in visual imagery to see if there are any differences between the general population and those who have Autistic traits.
The purpose of this survey is to measure your mental imagery to discover if there is a link between Autistic traits and extremes of visual imagery or whether there is no difference when compared to the general population which is why, when answering questions, it is helpful to remember that there is no requirement for an autism diagnosis and there are no desirable answers.
The survey explores a range of cognitive conditions so that the complexity of a potential relationship between extremes of visual imagery and autistic traits can be investigated in as much depth as is possible within the scope of the research project.
To complete the survey, please click on the link below.