People who are unable to visualize mental images may have an advantage when working in scientific and mathematical industries, a study led by the University of Exeter (n=2200) shows. The phenomenon is the opposite of hyperphantasia which has been shown to be more common in creative professions.
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Aphantasia and hyperphantasia appear to be widespread but neglected features of human experience with informative psychological associations.
Personal account of a physicist with aphantasia and SDAM. The paper summarizes the long-appreciated role of imagery in mathematics and the physical sciences, and contrast it with the evidence that some scientists have had limited or zero mental imagery.