Topic: Visual Aphantasia

Visual aphantasia, initially described as the inability to visualize, is a condition characterized by the complete absence of visual imagery. Individuals with visual aphantasia are unable to conjure up mental images or “see” things in their mind’s eye. For instance, when thinking of an apple, they do not “see” an apple in their mind, despite understanding what an apple is and being able to recognize one. This condition does not hinder their ability to grasp concepts or partake in creative activities. However, it does have a unique impact on how people with aphantasia recall and process information. These resources delve into the world of visual aphantasia, offering insights into the experiences and adaptations of those who navigate life without visual imagery. Explore discussions, personal stories, and research that illuminate the challenges and nuances of visual aphantasia, enhancing understanding of this fascinating cognitive phenomenon and its effects on memory, learning, and perception.

Since 2015, "aphantasia" has reshaped our understanding of imagination, revealing that not everyone visualizes mentally. This discovery, along with "hyperphantasia," highlights the diverse nature of human imagination.
People with aphantasia can’t visualize, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have intrusive thoughts. Intrusive thoughts without imagery can be a whole-body, terrifying experience.
Recent research has illuminated the challenges individuals with aphantasia face when remembering the past, shedding light on a concern that resonates deeply within our community.
The concept of 'tokens' and 'types' helped me understand how we think differently: visualizers use specific imagery, while aphantasics excel in abstract thinking.
How do you support someone when they suddenly realize they've been blind their whole life? What about when it's a blindness most of the world has never heard of and many don't believe exists? It's called aphantasia. Let's talk.
How do you stay motivated to achieve your goals if you can't visualize them? Discover alternative motivational strategies without visualization.
How can one explain the experience of visualization to someone who has never experienced it? Enter the afterimage apple illusion.
A hypnotherapist with aphantasia explains hypnosis and how hypnosis can work for aphantasics.
Understanding the hidden assumptions that lead to biases against aphantasics’ cognitive abilities.
Visualization is often used in mental wellness and therapy, but what does this mean for those with aphantasia?
Hello dearest community, kind of a weird question to ask I guess. But I really can't seem to figure it out. There are the tests and I talk to other peop...
I’m pretty sure based on previous conversations, that Aphantasia is the inability to recall all senses, like sight,  taste, touch, sound, etc. But this...
I consider I do have aphantasia, but in the questionnaire my version isn’t included. Sometimes I can’t visualise anything but for more familiar p...
It’s an approach to develop visual imagery in people who either don’t have it or who have it underdeveloped. I am considering it, but it’s ...
May 12, 2022
Hello, I’m 25 and just realized I have aphantasia. At least, I think I do. When I close my eyes, I see gray/black. I can only see the literal back of my eyel...
September 2, 2021
I have zero images when I close my eyes, total black but I recently had a dental infection that developed into borderline sepsis. My temp was hovering around...
Hi. I am trying to do the test to figure out if I have ahpantasia, but I do not understand the instructions. On the first question is ask me to think about a...
July 8, 2021
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen in my mind’s eye, looks like a grey chalkboard in there. But, when I was around 2 or 3, used to tell my mom I wanted to go bac...
In general, I am hyperphantasia. I heavily rely on my visual memory. Starting from a very young age, I can recite poems like I am reading them in my mind (in...
I only discovered my aphantasia a few years ago (81 now) but was always aware that I didn’t think like others and was vaguely aware than many seemed to...
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
Dr. Paolo Bartolomeo a neuroscientist from the Paris Brain Institute joined Aphantasia Network to discuss some of the recent aphantasia brain research.
February 13, 2024
A picture paints a thousand words, but what happens when our aphantasia brain can't visualize that picture? Jianghao Liu, a brain researcher from the Paris Brain Institute joins Aphantasia Network to dive into this probing questions.
October 25, 2023
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
Discover the hidden differences that shape human behavior (aphantasia, synesthesia, inner speech) with professor Gary Lupyan, as he joins the Aphantasia Network to shed light on the fascinating world beyond what meets the eye.
May 19, 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
How can aphantasia be measured? Joel Pearson talks about measuring aphantasia objectively and reliably in this presentation from the 2021 Extreme Imagination Conference.
October 21, 2021