Zeeman is quoted here saying aphantasia is ”heritable to some degree.” Do you have parents, siblings or children who are also aphantasic? Discuss here.
I can’t speak for others, only my own experience. I am an aphant, as is my half sister. One of her sons is. Two of her sons are not. We are fairly confident our father was, but he passed away when we. were childen
Thank you all for sharing your familia ties to aphantasia. @Chris King, your comment about "we can do sound, but nothing else" piqued my curiosity. I have read this is the case for other aphants as well. How many of you share similar exepriences, like this one, with your family members? Is it visual or all senses for you and the members of your family?
It should be relatively easy for someone to do population study to answer this fairly conclusively. I strongly suspect thst it is more common than appreciated and that there is a genetic cause. I have aphantasia as do my three children. My three siblings don’t. My wife’s mother and sister have aphantasia but she doesnt.
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