Topic: Culture

Aphantasia is not just a personal experience; it’s increasingly influencing the broader cultural sphere, finding its place in literature, music, movies, TV, radio, and art. Many artists are drawing inspiration from their experiences with aphantasia, using it to fuel unique and compelling creative works. This emerging trend highlights how aphantasia is not only a subject of individual contemplation but also a powerful cultural force, contributing to the creation of new artistic expressions and narratives. The resources provided here offer more than just a glimpse into the intersection of aphantasia and culture; they are a testament to the burgeoning culture being shaped by the aphantasia community. Through these materials, you can explore how aphantasia influences and is represented in various artistic mediums, reflecting the diverse ways this condition is perceived and expressed. They serve as evidence of a growing culture around aphantasia, one where shared experiences and perspectives are forging a unique and vibrant community.

In July 1963, Alice Grebanier's observation of a total solar eclipse marked a pivotal moment in her life. This event, merging scientific discovery with profound reflections on memory and emotion, showcases how moments of discovery can eclipse the limitations of memory recall in aphantasia.
How I used a metaphorical aphantasia stamp to explain all of my perceived shortcomings.
Best-selling author discovers aphantasia. Discover the buzz behind John Green aphantasia discovery and its significance in the community.
The city of Rowlett, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, declares the world’s first Aphantasia Awareness Day on February 21, 2023.
Many pieces of the aphantasia puzzle are still missing, and that is why we need more books, more studies, more art… and more answers.
First-ever pop culture reference to aphantasia from Space Force on Netflix.
Discovering imagery extremes opens a whole new world with many new and fantastic points of view.
Aphantasia is key to my artistic expression. Without a mind’s eye, I find that I am drawn to the initial stages of sculpting without seeing at all.
What if there was a "cure"? A fictional story about a man who’s aphantasia is cured in therapy with a fictional technology. That cure comes at a deep cost.
March 5, 2024
Almost simultaneously realising that I am an aphant (three days ago, at the age of 71) and that this "difference" has had a fundamental and positiv...
January 21, 2024
I was privileged growing up, and numerous times, family vacations were Disney-centric. We went to Disneyland and Disneyworld (the former more often than the ...
January 9, 2024
Podcasts and audio dramas, hit or miss? I've never been able to really get into audio-based stories because they rely on description. However I recently...
April 10, 2023
It’s annoying. I can imagine things. I just do it differently than people who can visualize. I can buy a lottery ticket and spend hours planning what I would...
March 18, 2023
Hi, my name is Kate and I live in Scotland. I wondered if there were any other people here living in Scotland? I’ve contacted a few organisations after...
February 27, 2023
Hello, i recently discovered that I have aphantasia. I also left my family recently to live in a different country for a year. This might sound bad, but I ne...
December 20, 2022
Inspired by recent technological developments I decided to ask ChatGPT: “What are the main advantages of living with aphantasia?” Its response: &...
May 16, 2022
I’m 52 and recently realized I have aphantasia. Looking back on my life some of my weird quirks make more sense, such as not being able to remember fac...
April 25, 2022
I have never gotten much enjoyment out of vacations.  They usually seem like more trouble than they are worth. I’ve only had one vacation that I enjoye...
April 14, 2022
I just listened to the podcast on aphantasia VOX put out recently and I’m having a lot of feelings. Since learning about aphantasia a year and a half a...
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
YouTuber, Anthony Padilla spends a day with aphantasics. Featuring Founder of the Aphantasia Network, Tom Ebeyer and artists AmyRightMeow and Katherine Yaochen Du.
May 14, 2021
CBC Radio publishes a multimedia docuseries on the discovery of aphantasia and Tom Ebeyer's story building the foundations for a global Aphantasia Network.
December 12, 2019