Topic: Multisensory Aphantasia

Multisensory aphantasia extends beyond visual imagination, impacting the ability to recreate experiences across all sensory modalities. Sensory-free imagination presents a unique cognitive landscape where individuals cannot conjure up mental imagery, not for sounds, movements, smells, tastes, or tactile sensations. Current estimates suggest that about one-quarter of people with visual aphantasia also experience this multisensory variant, either completely lacking or possessing a significantly reduced capacity for imagining across other sensory domains. These resources are dedicated to exploring the multifaceted nature of multisensory aphantasia, offering a space for discovery, learning, and sharing insights. Dive into discussions, personal stories, and research that shed light on how this condition affects everyday life, memory, and perception.

Aphantasia, living without a mind's eye, doesn't hinder creativity. Despite my inability to visualize, I wrote and published a fantasy novel, proving creativity thrives in unique ways.
People with aphantasia may struggle with memory recall. This may be because our memories are image-free. But, just because we can't see our memories, does that mean we don't have them? The ability to visualize is not a prerequisite for remembering rich experiences.
Whether you’re an aphant or a visualizer, marriage, or any loving partnership, is about commitment. Among other things, commitment means respecting each other’s differences and working through them lovingly.
We’re not — aphants don’t see the world the way most people do. Our brains work differently.
Many people dread the “what’s the most interesting thing about you” icebreaker question—but not me. I always have the perfect answer, "I have Aphantasia."
From guided imagery to imagined athletic practices, are aphantasics disadvantaged because they lack a mind’s eye?
Vividness of mental imagery appears to be linked to level of sensory sensitivity, with lower imagery associated with lower sensory sensitivity.
My journey understanding the cognitive profiles of aphantasia and hyperphantasia started when I learned at age 30 that most of you have a superpower I don’t.
A case for studying mental imagery as a whole
on February 19, 2021
I can't. Exploring auditory aphantasia and the mysterious mind's ear.
on July 9, 2019
I am in my late 60's, and I just last week realized that Aphantasia / mind blindness was a "thing" (condition) that actually exists, and that ...
A few people cannot conjure up any sound, texture, taste, smell, emotion, or any imagery from their past using their mind's eye. Mind's eye blindne...
I have aphantasia. I am also a highly sensitive person with traits validated by Elaine Aron's research. One of these traits is sensory processing sensi...
Okay, it’s not exactly that I can visualize movement. I don’t know how to explain it, it’s without visuals yet I can still imagine movement...
To begin, let me clarify my understanding of empathy vs sympathy.  Empathy means experiencing someone else’s emotions while sympathy is an ability to u...
I read a post by Ian Miller that describes the way I think.  He said: “I build mental models of almost everything that I work on, they are often spatia...
Aphantasia isn’t limited to just visual imagination; it can impact all sensory imagery in the mind. For example, when most people go to a restaurant and see ...
How do aphantasics relive their memories and do these differences show up in their brains? Researcher Merlin Monzel joins Aphantasia Network to share new findings on aphantasia and memory.
April 30, 2024
Aphantasia is the inability to visualize but can impact all mental imagery senses. Joel Pearson joins Founder of Aphantasia Network, Tom Ebeyer, for a live Ask Me Anything event to answer the community's questions.
February 25, 2021