Topic: Acquired Aphantasia

Aphantasia, the inability to voluntarily create mental images, is a lifelong condition. However, in rare cases, it can result from a stroke, head injury, or episode of depression. This phenomenon of acquired aphantasia invites us to delve deeper into its intricacies and variations. It opens a window into understanding how sudden changes in cognitive abilities can alter one’s perception and interaction with the world. Exploring the unique challenges and experiences of those who experienced life with mental imagery to one without offers valuable insights into the resilience and adaptability of the human mind. By examining the stories and studies surrounding acquired aphantasia, we gain a richer appreciation of how our brains can function and adapt, shedding light on the brain’s remarkable plasticity and complexity.

A personal journey of exploring the nature of visualization, its importance and spiritual significance, and what can be learned from it.
Standard outpatient procedure turned stroke, peripheral vision deficit and an unnamed loss of visualization. My mind’s eye was erased.
Can Aphantasia be progressive with age or is it rather unlearning / forgetting work arounds not used anymore (e.g. in concern of tunes and not playing an ins...
Hi all. I've just discovered this place and wanted to introduce myself and share a bit of my story. I was involved in a head-on collision in 2009 whereb...
I am definitely in the 1% or less after taking the test.     My question to anyone reading this is… can some people who have aphantasia have it as...
30 years ago when I was in my early 20’s I was diagnosed with a blood cancer, The treatment which lasted for a couple of years was very traumatic. When...
From one night to the next in 2012, at age 57, I realized I’d lost my ability to visualize when the visualization technique I’d always used to dr...
April 17, 2022
Hi! I have been a big vizualizer and daydreamer my whole life without any problems.  Now though i cant visualize at all, and i Feel like i cant daydream, bec...
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November 23, 2021
Hello, I discovered that I might have/had aphantasia, a little over a year ago. I was going to sleep a lot later than usual and I felt peculiar and I was thi...
November 20, 2021
This is a little investigatory as I am new to the term Aphantasia and looking into if it is something I am effected by, I came across Aphantasia in the last ...
May 14, 2021
So it’s been around a year since I started taking Lexapro for depression. I do not have aphantasia. When I first went on the drug I found that it became hard...
As I have read it, that Athanasian is either a born with the thing or a brain damage.From my experience I got Athanasian as 10 years old after a specific inc...
Dr. Paolo Bartolomeo a neuroscientist from the Paris Brain Institute joined Aphantasia Network to discuss some of the recent aphantasia brain research.
February 13, 2024
Do we become more aphantasic with age? Illona Kovács joins Aphantasia Network to discuss recent findings showing vividness declines across lifespans.
September 30, 2022
Adam Zeman shares the rediscovery of aphantasia, a blind mind's eye, in this presentation from the 2021 Extreme Imagination Conference and Exhibition.
October 21, 2021