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    Default Aphantasia - Do you see visions?

    Aphantasia: A life without mental images - BBC News

    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.
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    I'm in about the 25% range of the population for mental imagery. No wonder I never learned how to draw.
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    Okay, this is really cool. Seriously cool.

    Because I can't imagine not being able to visualize things. When I'm not focused on communicating, I think almost exclusively in images and sounds as opposed to actual, intelligible words so this is so outside of what I can comprehend.

    I want to know the connection between this and how people read. They briefly touched on it with the illustrator and hyperphantasia but I'm curious how many people actually visualize what's happening in stories or if they just...apply words directly to the forehead or something.
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    recalling images in detail is one of my weird talents... I used to disturb professors by quoting textbooks exactly on closed book tests and then citing the page number

    so no... I don't fall into that category!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinclair View Post
    Okay, this is really cool. Seriously cool.

    Because I can't imagine not being able to visualize things.
    I wonder what that disorder is called?
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    Hyperphantisa - 35/40 on that test. That isn't surprising, internal visualization had always been extremely easy for me. I actually had no idea that it wasn't common until I got to college, and I had a hard time understanding how someone *couldn't* do this.

    I read the article a few days ago. It is really interesting. I hope some of this knowledge goes into helping with new educational tools into accomidating this.
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    on another note though... I can't recall faces

    things are good though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    on another note though... I can't recall faces
    I read this as "I can't recall feces." Sorry.

    Anyway, I think in a weird combination of words and images. That's why I've always been good at spelling. I can actually see the words spelled out in my head as I'm thinking them. (I'm not sure what font they are. I think Baskerville Old Face.)

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    32/40. Normal range.

    It makes me sad even thinking about not being able to see mental images. I have always been an enormous daydreamer. Surprised I didn't get higher on the test--it's probably because some of the questions were more about recalling than creating. I always tell people that staring at a blank wall for three hours doesn't seem like too much torture (as long as I have a comfortable chair and a jug of water). When I'm bored, I can decorate the room around me with Christmas ornaments!

    I remember one time I was drifting off to sleep, I closed my eyes and imagined myself flipped on the other side of the bed facing in the opposite direction. When I opened my eyes again, I was surprised to realize that I was in the same position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadOctopus View Post
    Anyway, I think in a weird combination of words and images. That's why I've always been good at spelling. I can actually see the words spelled out in my head as I'm thinking them. (I'm not sure what font they are. I think Baskerville Old Face.)
    Me, too. (Although I think mine is all caps Arial Black, and usually it's in a vivid color.) I thought everyone did that. I asked my dad about whether he sees the word when he has to spell it, and he said he doesn't. Another time I asked him if he thinks in pictures. He said he doesn't do that, either. He says he thinks in concepts. It weirds me out because I can't imagine what he imagines or if he even imagines much. He's like an alien. I live in a Bruce Coville book.

    I find it easier to imagine a whole new thing than to visualize something familiar. Not sure why that is. I can remember the way someone carries himself better than I can remember his face.

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