Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire (VVIQ)

Discover the vividness of your mind's eye. Over 260,229 tests taken.

FAQs about the Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire (VVIQ)

The Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire explores the vividness of your visual imagination, and invites you to consider the image formed in thinking about specific scenes and situations. It is proven to be an accurate test of the vividness for which you can imagine people, objects, or settings in your mind’s eye.

The visual imagery test consists of 16 items in 4 groups of four items. The vividness of each item is rated on a 5-point scale. Please allow for 5-10 minutes to complete the assessment.

VVIQ has been widely used as a measure of individual differences in vividness of visual imagery. It has been referenced in over 1200 studies of mental imagery and been given considerable attention in the domains of psychology, philosophy, and more recently, cognitive neuroscience. The large body of evidence confirms that this visual imagery test is a valid and reliable self-reported measure.

It can be challenging to determine the precise details of the mental images in our mind’s eye and even tell sometimes whether we have formed a mental picture at all. The questionnaire asks you to compare the picture in your mind with how you know it looks in real life. Is the scenario you’re visualizing equally vivid to its real-world counterpart, a little less vivid, not vivid at all, or completely non-existent? Learn more about Evaluating Your Mind’s Eye here.

The Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire was first developed in 1973 by British psychologist David Marks, during Marks’ research on human consciousness.

By taking this free assessment you will discover where you *most likely* fall on the visual imagination spectrum:

    • Visual Aphantasia or image-free imagination
    • Visual Hypophantasia or mostly image-free imagination
    • Visual Phantasia or vivid visual imagination
    • Visual Hyperphantasia or extremely vivid visual imagery

To discover where you fall on the Full-Spectrum of Sensory Imagination, try the New! Imagination Spectrum Assessment.

Yes. You do not need to purchase or register to take this test and view an overview of your results. If you would like, you can unlock a more comprehensive full VVIQ Report for a small fee.

VVIQ has become the go-to psychometric to identify extreme imagination, aphantasia and its opposite, hyperphantasia. Over 260,229 citizen scientists from around the world have taken this “aphantasia test.” By choosing to participate, you’ll be contributing to the world’s largest dataset on visual imagination ever recorded!