Over a year ago, I visited the Oxford Botanical Gardens for the first time. I only discovered this recently, that some people can not see images when they read. Thanks for this wonderful response. 2018 Team of scientists led by Dr. Joel Pearson from UNSW and professor Adam Zeman from Exeter embark on brain imaging studies of people with aphantasia to determine the neural basis for why some people cannot create visual images of people, places and things in their mind’s eye. So...yeah. I regularly make up stories to occupy my mind day and night, or even just interesting scenarios, and I sometimes physically and verbally react to someone fictitious in these stories because the imagery is so strong. Thu 13th February, 2020 – Sat 29th February, 2020. Adam Zeman, a professor of cognitive and behavioural neurology, wants to compare the lives and experiences of people with aphantasia and its polar-opposite hyperphantasia. I realised he will never get from books what i do and it doesn’t matter how i try and explain what i see in my mind, if someone doesn’t see it, they don’t see it. Then, I discovered aphantasia, and learned how there are people who can’t apparently do it like I easily can. The world is full of daydreamers who spend most of their energy fighting to to avoid daydreaming. I hear, I smell, I taste. I recently discovered I have Hyperphantasia, which to be honest, I had no clue this isn't how most people experience life. Compare treatments taken by people with hypophosphatasia. Note. Jac_Solar. I was kind of devastated to hear about that, and we discovered it one day when I was trying to explain to her the mental palace technique to memorize tons of stuff easily. Some babies with severe forms of hypophosphatasia die at or before birth. One highlight that got a “high five”. I think I do and I find it kind of lonely. Ever since I was young to escape I would drift off into elaborate and long daydreams, in which essentially I've lived half my life if not more in an alternate fantasy world in my head where I would create vast stories, scenes, characters, landscapes and everything else. Some sufferers have reported feeling alone and isolated after learning that they can't see things that most people can, and that they feel distressed that they can't picture friends or relatives. I believe that I have a bit of an extreme form, that some have tried to qualify as «maladaptive daydreaming». I always knew there were other people out there like me! From the question, we can assume that the missing word is an adjective or a noun. It takes up a lot of space in my life, and sometimes I’ve hurt myself and stuff (if my character is active in my imagination, I have actual discharge of adrenaline and starts to unwillingly move, walk or even run blindly – thought I only/mostly do that at home) but I would not trade it for the world. I'm an artist that can't see pictures in my head... Weird, huh? It’s a bit bizarre, to be honest. The journey was pretty boring, there were no cars around, the road was pretty straightforward, so I wasn’t paying much attention. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Her mission is to raise awareness about the diversity of thought processes, aphantasia, hyperphantasia and everything in-between. I have a funny anecdote to share about “hyperphantasia”, if that’s what I have. Oct 28, 2017 146. Yes, I did read that article too and have been in contact with the people at Exeter. That got me thinking more about it and then learned that it was the Hyperphantasia end of the spectrum that I was on. All of us visualize differently. Thanks for your reply, Mattie! Adam Zeman, a professor of cognitive and behavioural neurology, wants to compare the lives and experiences of people with aphantasia and its polar-opposite hyperphantasia. I think there is definitely a few great story ideas in this subject matter. I’m a computer scientist, but spent seven years at college / Uni studying illustration (I actually have no computer related qualifications). I have hyperphantasia, too. The opposite phenomenon of particularly vivid mental imagery, known as hyperphantasia, has also been shown to be more common in creative professions. Living with Hyperphantasia is like being: “Untethered by the laws of physics where imagination has no bounds”. 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I believe that I have hyperphantasia. ( Log Out /  “I became aware of my hyperphantasia by making a series of works on dreams – realising how vividly I remembered or recreated the scenes.” Although it was a polymath called Francis Galton who initially explored the idea in the nineteenth century, it was not until 2015 that the subject started to gain more widespread recognition. Members in the forum might have the answers. I keep seeing continuity errors and have to rewind the movie, to check on things 🙂. I spent my entire life not realizing that it was unusual. Hyperphantasia! Especially with all the silence sometimes It’s interesting to read about people who don’t do this though. Some patients show mild symptoms. I see so much when I read that it distracts me. I can’t even conceive how that works, but it does apparently. Keep up the great creative work! Thanks for your comment! I Don’t know anyone else with hyperphantasia or whatever it is called. Most people, apparently, just remember an image of the house and can recall those and many other features with considerably less effort. So much so that I “woke up” when I realized I was slowly missing a turn, and I got off the road and ended up in the gap between the road and a field. Then in 2015 there was an article on Aphantasia in the New York Times which referenced the work by Dr. Adam Zeman. "Mrs. Leonard is living with her husband, who is an outstanding care partner, and she remains very active in many ways," says Dr. Graff-Radford. And he doesn’t get it. It’s amazing to me that this vast difference in how people recall visual memories has been overlooked for so long, and like you say, that we all take for granted our minds processes and assume that everyone is the same. Cause for a time I was manipulated by internal and external means to think that my dreams could be reality. It’s really interesting to hear how different people perceive things. Thanks for sharing! I have joked to myself that I am seeing a glimpse of my future children and descendants. She explained to me that she wasn’t really “picturing” the things she wants to model. ... Wallpaper, Vogue Living, VICE and Forbes. Got a question about living with hypophosphatasia? My love of psychology and neurology started my brain working (and imagining) and i began to question him as if he was my test subject! We know that living with COVID-19 and the measures we are taking to control its spread have been difficult – impacting our mental health, daily rituals and the economy. Member. It certainly was hardest at school when I’d miss information that the teacher had explained to the class, etc. Problems with bone mineralization can cause bone to form incorrectly. One day I was driving on a road which went through two fields of crops. Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a genetic condition caused by mutations in the ALPL gene. Great to hear from you, Cheers! I have lived with fictional characters in my head, had relationships with them, been with them in adventures. Thanks for your comment, that does indeed sound quite extreme! The opposite condition to aphantasia is “hyperphantasia,” a condition children’s book illustrator Lauren Beard understands. Especially from the Aphantasics. I briefly forgot about being in the store until I came to and realized how deeply disconnected I was for that short time. I was so upset to learn that so many people miss out on the magic of mental images. Mutations in this gene lead to an abnormal version of the enzyme, thus affecting the mineralization process. The research, led by the University of Exeter, asked 2,000 people with aphantasia and 200 with hyperphantasia about their career choices, amongst other topics. art. It can affect just one or all of the senses. When I found out what aphantasia was, that I am one of them, and that most people literally can picture things, I thought, “Wow, that must be a really efficient way to think and remember!”. I just discovered aphantasia and I am fascinated. ( Log Out /  Yes! Mónica is a highly motivated professional with in-house event organisation, international office and luxury hotel management experience with over 15 years in the hospitality and private investments. Thanks for your comment, Lee! compare the lives and experiences of people with aphantasia and it’s polar-opposite hyperphantasia. I always assumed when people spoke of “picturing” things they were doing the same thing I was doing, i.e. I couldn’t just feel them, I could hear, feel, and taste things. My girlfriend has a mild form of aphantasia: she has mental images, but they seem to be really hazy at best, and more akin to a list of abstract bullet points. We could start an email chain, Facebook Group, or whatever people prefer. ... such as people living in the slums of Mumbai or computer hackers. I too have issues with daydreaming, but I don’t just visualise images in my head; I problem solve in four dimensions. Learn more. I think there are more people with hyperphantasia than you’d think. Let’s build this page together! I came across this post while looking up hyperphantaia. It’s not just images though. Couldn’t be happier with them though. This is where most of my art comes from, as there is a constant flow of vivid images and kind of like mental films playing in my head most all the time. I started to understand he literally doesn’t have images in his mind. I think my particular version of hyperphantasia would make me a good toy maker or 3D artist, rather than a story teller etc. Yes, it’s truly unbelievable that the ability to conjure any image, sound, smell and sensation isn’t available to everyone. He cannot visualize at all. Her career depends on the summoning up of vivid images as she reads an author’s text. In my work, I see things from multiple angles at once and begin to dissect them into small pieces until I find the problem. Since then just this last April of 2019 I was privileged to attend the First ever conference on Extreme Imagination (#aphantasiaconf on twitter). Living … Luckily with self discovery and stuff like that I was able to cope with it and separate my dreams and my reality; and good news I still use my imagination to create stories. I get so distracted by this kind of momentary mind-stories that I regularly miss what happens around me in ‘reality’. On the side note, ironically, the person I’m dating has aphantasia. Ever since I was young to escape I would drift off into elaborate and long daydreams, in which essentially I've lived half Though, I do firmly believe that it is a gift and I would never want to live without my wonderful day-dreams. I’m definitely sure I have hyperphantasia in some degree… some big degree. So sorry for my terribly late response. Hi, I’m so sorry for my terribly late reply, It’s been so long since I engaged with this page. Hi Robert, 4.5k Members It’s such a difference in ability that i want to know more…, Hi Katrina, thanks for your comment. I can never get enough of the fantastical realms within my own mind. Generally, this activity is triggered by nocioception or the nervous system's normal response to painful stimuli. Hi, sorry for the late reply, I have been super busy and can’t believe it’s been so long since I looked at my site! There was so much to learn. Truly fascinating. It can get very distracting at times just exploring the complexity and wonder in the world around us that on the surface might seem mundane or obvious. Yes, I know what you mean about everything having a smell, texture and colour. 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