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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A survey of 181 authors showed 63% actually “heard their characters speak” while writing, with 61% reporting characters were capable of acting independently.
Fantasy novelist Mark Lawrence, author of The Broken Empire series, has no problem with imagination. It was a shock to realize he couldn’t picture anything in his mind.
Through his own personal journey, Tom Ebeyer (founder of the Aphantasia Network) shares the discovery of his own aphantasia before it was even given a name. This piece also explores the beginnings of aphantasia with Professor Adam Zeman.
Oscar-winner Glen Keane, who illustrated Ariel from The Little Mermaid, has no visual imagery. Keane is among the ~3% of the population with aphantasia, a little-known condition leaving them without mental imagery.
You don’t need mental imagery to be creative, says Former President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, Ed Catmull. Catmull brought us Disney classics like Toy Story, Wall-e, Finding Nemo, Inside Out and has aphantasia.
Susie McKinnon can’t picture images and has very few memories from her life. McKinnon has aphantasia and Severely Deficient Autobiographical Memory or SDAM for short. Early findings suggest possible correlations between conditions.
Mental imagery is not directly related to measures of intelligence, vocabulary, and reading comprehension, but it does play a role in how some schoolchildren acquire literacy skills. Could aphantasia be seen as impeding learning ability? A critical perspective.
When Dustin Grinnell and his girlfriend move to opposite sides of the US for work, Grinnell discovers he is unable to conjure up a mental image of her face. Grinnell begins investigating and discovers that science is starting to find answers.
A retired surveyor who can no longer imagine. This article chronicles the experience of a 65-year-old man from the UK, patient MX, who reported losing his mind’s eye after heart surgery. Assigned to the case is UK neurologist Adam Zeman, tasked with figuring out what’s going on in MX’s head.