Topic: Careers

Aphantasia is not a barrier to success. You don’t need mental pictures to excel at certain things. While aphantasics tend to be more analytical and may be more likely to work in scientific and mathematical fields, there are notable exceptions in the creative industries. Aphantasics make brilliant creatives, inventors, authors, musicians, scientists, entrepreneurs and more! Dive into stories, discussions and research exploring aphantasia and careers.

Aphantasia is not something I have; it is something I am.
I achieved something I had never done before as a visual artist with aphantasia. How I “imagined” light in a dark cave with no mind’s eye.
What if instead of asking what the aphantasic brain can't do, we asked what is it built to do? Jim, a dad with a mind's eye, discovers four of his six children have aphantasia.
If you write speculative fiction, 2% of your readers might experience reading like I do—tips for reading and writing science fiction with aphantasia.
Artists, writers, illustrators, photographers and all people who work with their creative impulses are not limited by their aphantasia.
I had apparently been doing the unimaginable: working as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter with aphantasia. How one interpreter learned to interpret "in the dark."
Master photographer shares tips for expanding your photographic talent with aphantasia in this article on photography, creativity, and aphantasia.
If you can’t visualize, how can you write? Write by patchwork. Award-winning aphantasic author shares tips for how to write with aphantasia.
Discover the art of aphantasia. How Disney animator and 'mind blind' artist Glen Keane creates without visualising.
How embracing aphantasia helped one writer unearth a novel approach to building worlds without seeing them.
July 24, 2023
I am new to this community and I am very happy to meet a group of like-minded individuals. I have been looking for this for a long time. I am seeking sugges...
November 10, 2022
So I discovered that I have Aphatasia last year (2021) at the grand age of 66. I had never thought about it before – I know I forget books easily, I ca...
September 23, 2022
Anyone else with aphantasia who writes fiction for fun or professionally. I’m curious since you obviously can’t see your characters and world how...
January 10, 2022
As an aphantasic I’ve always found long descriptions in novels boring and tend to skip over them. In fact, for a long time I didn’t know why they...
August 11, 2021
Hello all! My name is Kait Ritter, I’m currently a director in animation working at Disney TVA. Before that, I was a storyboard artist, and before that I was...
July 18, 2021
This is where I am stuck…I get Aphantasia, I understand that I don’t have a “Mind’s Eye” and that every reference I have ever m...
May 15, 2021
Hello all I’m a full aphantasic with no visual imagery, no internal monologue, no touch, no smell and no taste(in terms of imagination). I’m a musical theatr...
March 22, 2021
What are the best careers for aphantasiacs? I sometimes worry about being fired from a future job because of poor performance and bad memory. Does anyone els...
December 18, 2019
Inspired by a post from reddit re: starting a public list of famous people with aphantasia. Here’s who we know so far: Blake Ross, Software Engineer, ...
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
Disney animator Glen Keane creates without visualizing. Watch this video on Keane's creative process and how he found beauty in animating the Beast.
September 3, 2016
Phantasia – the psychological significance of lifelong visual imagery vividness extremes
Zeman, A., Milton, F., Della Sala, S., Dewar, M., Frayling, T., Gaddum, J., … Winlove, C. (2020). Phantasia-The psychological significance of lifelong visual imagery vividness extremes. Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior, 130, 426–440. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2020.04.003
Visual imagery typically enables us to see absent items in the mind's eye. It plays a role in memory, day-dreaming and creativity. Since coining the terms aphantasia and hyperphantasia to describe the absence and abundance of visual imagery, Adam Zeman and his team have been contacted by many thousands of people with extreme imagery abilities. Through data collected from questionnaires filled by 2000 participants with aphantasia and 200 with hyperphantasia, the researchers have found some interesting patterns. Participants with aphantasia tend to work in scientific and mathematical fields and have difficulty with face recognition and autobiographical memory. On the other hand, those with hyperphantasia tend to work in creative fields and have a higher rate of synaesthesia. The study found that around half of the participants with aphantasia reported the absence of wakeful imagery in all sense modalities, but most of them dream visually. The researchers have also noted that aphantasia runs in families more frequently than expected. This study highlights the widespread but neglected features of human experience with informative psychological associations.