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Become a Citizen Scientist for Aphantasia Research

To date, over [gravityforms action=”entry_count” id=”1″ format=”comma”] citizen scientists from around the world have contributed to new research into imagery extremes, and [gravityforms action=”consent_count” id=”1″ field_id=”58.1″ value=”true” format=”comma”] have opted to actively participate in new research within this burgeoning field of imagination science.

So many people who discover aphantasia come to this self-realization much later in life. Here at the Network, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to connect with people from all corners of the globe from California to South Korea to the island of Madagascar, just to name a few. We’ve heard from people of all different walks of life, from concerned (and rather informed) parents who came to the realization that their 6-year old daughter couldn’t count sheep, to students who are learning English just so they can access more resources about aphantasia online. We’ve even heard from Nobel Laureates in Physics, who at the age of 85 are just discovering theirs minds work differently than most.  

The impacts of new discoveries into imagery extremes, aphantasia and hyperphantasia, are far-reaching. But they wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions of citizen scientists. By becoming a citizen scientist for aphantasia research, you are contributing to new discoveries into our invisible differences. Discoveries that have the potential to impact the lives, work, and wellbeing of the next and future generations. 

Ongoing research studies

You’re invited to explore and get involved in the following research opportunities to directly impact the future of imagination science! New studies will be added periodically.

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FAQs About Research Participation

Taking an active role in investigating your own unique inner experience and becoming a citizen scientist for aphantasia research you are improving understanding of our invisible differences and their impacts on the lives, work and wellbeing of the next and future generations. 

Anyone can accept an invitation to participate in research. Researchers invite people who have information needed to answer their research questions or meet their research goals. Human research may focus on anyone, at any age, in any circumstance. Please note that some studies may require you to meet certain eligibility criteria. For example, some studies may require you to experience aphantasia or hyperphantasia to participate, whereas others are open to people across the spectrum of imagination. Please review study overview and details thoroughly before choosing to participate. Types of research studies will vary greatly.

While there is no guarantee that you will benefit directly from participating in new research, there are numerous potential benefits, including new self discoveries, interaction with researchers who are at the leading edge of imagination science, and access to additional information that may not be available to the public yet. In addition, you may feel satisfaction from participating in studies that may contribute to new knowledge and that have the potential of helping others with aphantasia or hyperphantasia. Research studies are 100% voluntary, with no cost to the volunteer. Some even offer possible rewards or compensation for your time.

Research studies may test mental imagery ability, new cognitive or behavioural tasks, or new approaches. Some research studies look for better ways to identify imagery extremes. Others may look at the influence of imagery ability in our lives, work and wellbeing.

We’re conducting research and collaborating with researchers across the world to advance our shared understanding of human imagination. Learn more about becoming a research collaborator here.

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