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Aphantasia: How It Feels To Be Blind In Your Mind

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Alan H
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Aphantasia: How It Feels To Be Blind In Your Mind

#1 Postby Alan H » December 23rd, 2016, 10:44 pm

Wow. Aphantasia: How It Feels To Be Blind In Your Mind

I didn't score very high on the BBC's simplified test mentioned in the article, but it's difficult to imagine a world where you can't visualise things. I scored 26/40:
Around 25% or one quarter of participants fall into this band, alongside you. It places you in the lower half of the population for imagery vividness, but your score is not unusually low.
Your score:
26/40
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Re: Aphantasia: How It Feels To Be Blind In Your Mind

#2 Postby jaywhat » December 24th, 2016, 7:22 am

got 27/40 but not sure how seriously I took it.

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Re: Aphantasia: How It Feels To Be Blind In Your Mind

#3 Postby Maria Mac » December 24th, 2016, 5:49 pm

I gave myself top marks for every question because I could conjure up every image instantly and vividly.

This score suggests that your visual imagery is more vivid than usual. Scores at the upper end of this range are suggestive of ‘hyperphantasia’: exceptionally strong powers of visualisation. About 23% of people score in this range, the highest of our five bands. If you consider your imagery to be exceptionally strong, and would like to be included in future research, you can contact the team at Exeter University through this email: a.zeman@exeter.ac.uk


The problem my brain has is to keep focusing on what I'm doing here and now when there are so many vivid images constantly chasing each other through my mind.

The article Alan posted above is absolutely fascinating and it's worth following the links in it. And listen to Penn of Penn & Teller talking about how it feels to aphantasia and what it was like for him to find out it's a thing. Hopefully we'll hear a lot more from him about it in future. Start at 75:15.


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