Aphantasia


Most people who read Crystalinks have some degree of clairvoyance and can easily "see" images in their minds. The more you practice, the easier it gets. But what if you couldn't visualize any images at all?

With all of the weird things we are discovering about the mind and how people perceive reality, we come to a new disorder called Aphantasia a hypothesized neurological condition where a person does not possess a functioning mind's eye or third eye. The term was first suggested in a 2015 study for a specific kind of visual agnosia. Further studies are being planned. The term was coined by the team led by Prof. Adam Zeman of the University of Exeter Medical School.




  Aphantasia: A life without mental images   BBC - August 26, 2015
Close your eyes and imagine walking along a sandy beach and then gazing over the horizon as the Sun rises. How clear is the image that springs to mind? 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 visualize mental images.

Niel Kenmuir, from Lancaster, has always had a blind mind's eye. He knew he was different even in childhood. "My stepfather, when I couldn't sleep, told me to count sheep, and he explained what he meant, I tried to do it and I couldn't," he says. "I couldn't see any sheep jumping over fences, there was nothing to count." Our memories are often tied up in images, think back to a wedding or first day at school. As a result, Niel admits, some aspects of his memory are "terrible", but he is very good at remembering facts. And, like others with aphantasia, he struggles to recognize faces. Yet he does not see aphantasia as a disability, but simply a different way of experiencing life. Take the aphantasia test ....

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