It’s been hypothesized that aphantasia impacts all sensory imagery, including auditory imagery. When you imagine your favourite song or the tune to “happy birthday,” can you hear it playing in your mind?
How clear is your mind’s ear? Tell us more about your experience.
I get vague impressions of sound, but it is not the same as actual sound. I think one important criterion is non-linearity. That is, I can get an overall, nonlinear impression of a piece of music, but it does not proceed in a linear fashion through time. I can subvocally hum a tune and recite the words, but it does not happen automatically.
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