Topic: Altered States

How do altered states such as hypnosis, hallucinations, and psychedelic experiences influence the ‘mind’s eye,’ particularly when it’s absent, as in aphantasia? This intriguing question beckons a journey into the depths of community discussions, personal narratives, and scientific research. Dive into the intriguing intersection of aphantasia and altered perceptions to uncover how these altered states of consciousness might influence those who cannot visualize voluntarily. This exploration offers a captivating glimpse into how our minds perceive and interpret reality, providing a richer understanding of the human experience.

A hypnotherapist with aphantasia explains hypnosis and how hypnosis can work for aphantasics.
On rare occasions in the morning, between sleep and awake, when the images from my dreams float behind my eyes, that’s when I revel in what it must be like to “see” imagery.
Ganzflicker is known to elicit the experience of pseudo-hallucinations... But how is it that some people see complex hallucinations such as "old stone castles"?
Can aphantasics be hypnotized? My experience learning to be hypnotized with imagery-free inductions.
November 13, 2022
I have aphantasia – lifelong – in all senses  – very little episodic memory.  And yet I dream vividly.  I can’t picture my Mother, or my so...
Hi! I recently found this article and wondered if any of you guys know anything about it. I am willing to try anything at this point in my life since I canno...
As an aphant, on a day to day basis my imagination and recall is devoid of senses which could be said to relate to the phenomena of the eyes or ears. However...
July 8, 2021
I have been researching aphantasia since discovering the term and feeling a rush of relief that the way I experience mental visualization,  or lack thereof, ...
  I am truly aphantasic and have been this way throughout my life. I became aware of this when studying meditation and discovered I could not “visualiz...
December 20, 2020
I knew from a very young age I realized I couldn’t see faces in my mind just and knew facts about them. In fact I remember looking up not being able to...
October 28, 2020
Has there been any research on Aphantasia and psychedelics. I seriously think that there is something major to look into. I know for a fact someone with Apha...
Watch this extended interview with Mac Shine answering the community’s questions about "What It's Like To Be A Neuroscientist With Aphantasia" in this live Q&A session. Hosted by Tom Ebeyer.
August 30, 2023
Neuroscientist Mac Shine delves into aphantasia—a condition he personally experiences—to challenge conventional views on perception, explore the neuroscience of imagination, and draw unexpected parallels between the cognitive functions of aphantasics and large language models like ChatGPT-4.
August 30, 2023
Researcher Alexander Sulfaro answers the community’s questions about 'Why Don't We Hallucinate Our Mental Images' in this live Q&A. Hosted by Tom Ebeyer.
April 20, 2023
Have you ever wondered why mental images aren't as vivid as real images? What's the difference between imagining something and hallucinating it? Alexander Sulfaro joins Aphantasia Network to discuss this and more.
April 20, 2023