Topic: Phantasia

Aristotle coins the term phantasia in De Amina (On the Soul), Part III, to describe a distinct capacity between perception and thought — a sort of ‘sixth sense.’ Phantasia is commonly translated to imagination and is often explained in the context of visualizing and dreaming.

How can one explain the experience of visualization to someone who has never experienced it? Enter the afterimage apple illusion.
Visualize (picture, imagine, whatever you want to call it) a ball on a table. Now, imagine someone walks up to the table and gives the ball a push. What happens to the ball?
Understanding the hidden assumptions that lead to biases against aphantasics’ cognitive abilities.
What do typical visualizers experience? How does my imaginative experience compare? Designer Melanie Scheer introduces a new way to visualize the visual imagination spectrum.
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.
June 7, 2023
I recently discovered I might have aphantasia. I had known about the condition for years before but disregarded the possibility that I might have it, because...
February 7, 2023
Hi, I’m new to this group. I recently discovered that I may have aphantasia, but it’s hard to tell because I don’t know what other people m...
May 13, 2022
I can’t experience or perceive an image at will but I can access details of previous visual memories.  I can also experience and perceive hypnogogic im...
February 28, 2022
Does anyone else find that this happens with them… Someone will say, “picture a field” so I think of the field at my Grandma’s house. Then they say, in the m...
September 14, 2021
I am gonna start this post by saying that I am probably phantasiac. That is what my results said exactly “probably phantasiac”, yes, I agree! As a “probably”...
June 9, 2021
I have been aware for some time about this phenomenon, in a peripheral way – and then was drawn here by the very excellent article by Carl Zimmer (http...
What is the true spectrum of mental imagery? Neuroscientist Sam Schwarzkopf from the University of Auckland explores the depths of mental imagery with host Tom Ebeyer of the Aphantasia Network.
February 28, 2024
Christian Scholz answers the community’s questions about 'Meta-Imagination and The Language Game of Visualising' in this live Q&A. Hosted by Tom Ebeyer.
June 28, 2023
Discover how individuals with aphantasia engage in imaginative exercises using language and how this experience differs from visualizers. Christian Scholz presents a new theoretical concept called meta-imagination.
June 28, 2023
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