VVIQ, the Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire (VVIQ), measures the vividness of your visual imagination. It is proven to be an accurate test of the vividness for which you can imagine people, objects, or settings in your mind.
Brief History of VVIQ
Since VVIQ was first developed in 1973 by British psychologist David Marks, 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.
VVIQ has become the go-to psychometric for researchers studying extreme imagination, often used to identify aphantasia (no mental imagery) and its opposite, hyperphantasia (extremely vivid mental imagery).
This “aphantasia test” consists of four scenarios and asks you to rank how vividly you can picture them in your mind on a scale of one to five. Each scenario asks you to imagine the face of a loved one, the image of your favourite shop, or a beautiful landscape — and to rate the vividness of the details within each scene.
Learn more about VVIQ here.
For each scenario try to form a mental picture of the people, objects, or setting. Consider carefully your experience. Does some type of image come to mind?
Rate how vivid the image is using the five-point scale described below. If you do not have a visual image, rate vividness as ‘1’. Only use ‘5’ for images that are as lively and vivid as real seeing.
Please note that there are no right or wrong answers to the questions and that it’s not necessarily desirable to experience imagery or, if you do, to have more vivid imagery.
The rating scale is as follows:
- No image at all, I only “know” I am thinking of the object
- Dim and vague image
- Moderately realistic and vivid
- Realistic and reasonably vivid
- Perfectly realistic, as vivid as real seeing
For each item, drag the sliding scale to align with the vividness of your visualization.