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Imagine your favourite song. Can you hear it playing?

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Jennifer McDougallJennifer McDougall Staff asked 3 months ago

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.

Leonie SargeantLeonie Sargeant replied 3 months ago

I can usually remember the lyrics in a narrative way, and if I have listened to the song very recently I can kind of recall the tune but I can’t hear it in my mind.

Nicole HeyesNicole Heyes replied 2 months ago

I “hear” the music and/or the lyrics the same way I “hear” my thoughts. I can tell the difference between loud and soft or high and low notes, etc but there’s no actual “sound” sensation in my brain. I “hear” people’s voices and their way of speaking (tone, accent, degree of sarcasm. Lol) the same way I “see” the horse or remember feeling angry. I conceptualise.

Jennifer McDougallJennifer McDougall Staff replied 2 months ago

What great ways to describe the experience. It can often be difficult to put words to our inner world, and you both provided some valuable insight into what this world looks like that can help us all better understand the experience of living with aphantasia. Thanks for sharing!

5 Answers
Space AnarchistSpace Anarchist answered 2 months ago

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.

Ian LIan L answered 6 days ago

if i try to recall a song in my mind i feel like i can hear it but now that im actually trying it its more like i am singing the song in my mind. I dont hear the true instrumentation just my voice mimicking the soounds of the song. I also cannot layer sounds, i just have to think of them all seperatey.

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