Topic: Hypophantasia

Hypophantaisa is characterized by very low imagery vividness. Hypo – meaning low. Hypophantasics, or people with hypophantasia, have described experiences almost like aphantasia and may only experience flashes or struggle to create mental images. Dive into personal stories, discussions and research exploring low imagery abilities.

What do typical visualizers experience? How vivid is the hyperphantasic experience? Designer Melanie Scheer introduces a new way to visualize the visual imagination spectrum.
Do I have aphantasia? Answering that seemingly simple question can be very confusing. Understanding aphantasia is a journey of self-discovery.
Why might your mind's eye be blind while your friend can picture crystal-clear images? Shocking insights into the known neurodifferences in imagery vividness.
Knowledge of our invisible differences dates back to 340 BC. Aristotle stands at the beginning of this history when imagination was not an established topic of discussion yet.
December 18, 2021
Hi Everyone!  I used to assume I had aphantasia, because I can’t visualize things “on command” – like a pink elephant, for example. H...
April 5, 2021
i have aphantasia but i can see flashes of (seemingly random) images that pop up and move in a direction while fading away.any other aphantasic person feel t...
March 15, 2021
I haven’t had any image in my mind for as long as I can recall. However, some time ago I had an anxiety attack (first time) that involved delusions and after...
Discover how individuals with aphantasia engage in imaginative processes using language and how this experience differs from visualizers.
June 28, 2023
Do we become more aphantasic with age? Illona Kovács joins Aphantasia Network to discuss recent findings showing vividness declines across lifespans.
September 30, 2022
What do typical visualizers experience? How do hyperphantasics experience visual imagery? Melanie Scheer presents a new way to depict the visual imagination spectrum.
May 25, 2022
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.