Where is aphantasia research happening?

Jennifer McDougall Staff asked 2 years ago
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Aphantasia research is taking place at the following institutions globally (that we’re aware of):

  1. University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, led by Professor Adam Zeman and the Eye’s Mind Team
  2. UNSW Sydney and Future Minds Lab, Sydney Australia led by cognitive scientist Dr. Joel Pearson
  3. University of Westminster, UK
  4. Icelandic Vision Lab, Iceland
  5. The University of Sussex and The Imagery Lab, England

Anything missing? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll make sure to add it to this evolving list.

Are you a researcher or scientist currently studying aphantasia, hyperphantasia, or extreme imagination – get in touch! We’d love to learn more about your work and how we can help.

Robert Walter February 28, 2020 06:30 am

I am a PhD student at Yale, studying visual perceptioin and cognition. I also have aphantaisia and I’m hoping to begin doing reserach on it. I’m currenlty trying to build a subject pool, so anyone interested in being contacted can email me at [email protected]


Katherine Jones March 10, 2020 02:36 pm

I am currently doing a research project at the University of Exeter looking at the relationship between extremes of visual imagery and autism.

There is a link to the survey in a separate discussion post.


Steve Allen March 14, 2020 10:55 am

@katherine jones

can you share the link here so others dont have have to search for the link you mentioned?


Katherine Jones March 21, 2020 07:20 pm

@Steve Allen

Of course! Here it is:


The survey title is ‘Extremes of visual imagery vividnes in people with high levels of autistic traits’.

Jessica Hofmann December 07, 2020 10:42 am

Invitation to participate in a research study

Hi! We are researchers from the University of Giessen in Germany. We are in the process of recruiting people who have aphantasia to participate in our research and would be very grateful if anyone above 18 years of age who thinks they may have aphantasia considered taking part.

Please spare approx. 45-55 uninterrupted minutes to complete our online study where you’ll be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires and make judgments on pictures (such as scenes, objects or animals) and audio clips consisting of short excerpts taken from various musical genres. You will need to use a laptop or desktop computer with headphones or external speakers to participate. Of course, all responses are completely confidential and your data will be anonymous or pseudonymous. Please do not consume alcohol or drugs prior to participating.

Your will get an opportunity to enter into a prize draw for the chance to win an Amazon voucher (20 EUR / 20 USD / 20 GBP or the equivalent in your country). The prize draw will contain one voucher per 5 participants. You will also receive feedback about your scores on the two imagery questionnaires.

Even if you already know where you are in the imagery continuum, we ask you to complete the imagery questionnaires so that we can use your scores in our analysis. We are also interested in the responses of people who have experience of visual imagery as a comparison group. We would be very grateful if you could invite a friend of the same gender and of a similar age (plus/minus 5 years) and background, but who possesses mental imagery, to participate.

It is very important for our research that all participants start the study with the same level of information about it. We therefore ask that you please do not discuss details of the study here or with other friends who may want to participate. We will post again here after data collection is finished.


Thank you for supporting our research!

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