Quirks & Quarks

This Week: Aphantasia: Missing your mind's eye

a small minority of people who have something called “aphantasia.” It means you don’t conjure images in your imagination.

Imagine a pasture, with a white horse grazing in the shade of a willow tree, right next to a burbling brook. Nice, eh? Can you see it clearly? The horse, the willow? Is it almost like you're there?

Well, if that description generated absolutely no mental image in your mind -- despite the fact that you know very well what a pasture, a white horse and a burbling brook all are -- then you may be one of a small minority of people who have something called "aphantasia." It means you don't conjure images in your imagination. You have no "mind's eye."  We'll explore this unusual mental quirks in a special feature with freelance contributor Alison Motluk.

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