Some people are physically unable to visualize images. Their mind’s eye is essentially blind. What is aphantasia and how rare is it?
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Aphantasia: A life without mental images
“Most people can readily conjure images inside their head – known as their mind’s eye. But this year scientists have described a condition, aphantasia, in which some people are unable to visualise mental images.”
Picture This? Some Just Can’t.
“Certain people, researchers have discovered, can’t summon up mental images – it’s as if their mind’s eye is blind. This month in the journal Cortex, the condition received a name: aphantasia, based on the Greek word phantasia, which Aristotle used to describe the power that presents visual imagery to our minds.”
Here’s what it’s like to be unable to visualize anything.
“If I tell you to imagine a beach, you can picture the golden sand and turquoise waves…
I don’t. I have never visualized anything in my entire life.”
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