I was recently asked to visualize the size as well as shape of my laptop, which I’ve had for more than a year, while shopping for a replacement part. As usual, my mind’s eye was completely blank.
“I think in which’s purple, or maybe pink?” I bumbled to the Apple Store clerk, who gazed back at me using a look of total confusion.
I’ve had in which problem for as long as I can remember, where I can’t conjure up images no matter how hard I try. I’ve never been able to count sheep as I’m falling asleep, I struggle to remember faces, as well as I’m constantly lost because I can’t visualize a map in my head.
in which took me a long time to realize in which additional people did not have in which experience of the entire world. They could imagine a beach in detail or a loved one’s face. Some even had memories in which played out like a movie reel, which I had once believed was a Hollywood conceit.
More recently I learned in which I’m not alone. My image blindness currently features a name: “Aphantasia.”
In 2015, the neurologist Adam Zeman coined the term to refer to the subset of people who cannot form mental images of objects in which are not present. In a research paper, Zeman documented the case of a patient who could not longer see images in his mind following a surgical procedure.
After conducting deeper research, Zeman currently suspects in which 1 in 50 people have aphantasia, either through birth or following a traumatic event, like a surgery or a stroke. According to Zeman, the hallmarks appear to be faint or non-existent visual imagery, a struggle with autobiographical detail, as well as for some, a challenge recognizing faces.
After stumbling upon his research, I called Zeman, a professor at the University of Exeter’s Medical School, to find definitive proof in which I had aphantasia, as well as to figure out if there was anything I could do about in which.
Zeman sent me a set of link to a survey in which he created called the “VVIQ,” which stands for the vividness of visual imagery questionnaire. in which began by asking me to imagine a loved one (errr….), as well as describe the contours of their face as well as body (nope), as well as the poses of their head as well as the way they walked (not happening). My results came back immediately, as well as in which put me firmly inside range of having aphantasia.
Take the aphantasia test here.