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This Happened to Me: Because of aphantasia, I'm not able to picture things in my mind

It wasn't until his twenties that Tom Ebeyer realized that his brain worked differently than others: he has aphantasia, a rare condition where people are unable to visualize things in their mind.

This Happened to Me is a video series from CBC Radio that explores the turning points in our lives

Because of aphantasia, I’m not able to picture things in my mind

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It wasn't until his twenties that Tom Ebeyer realized that his brain worked differently than others: he has aphantasia, a rare condition where people are unable to visualize things in their mind. 6:12

It wasn't until his twenties that Tom Ebeyer realized that his brain worked differently than others. That's when he discovered that there is such thing as a mind's eye — and he didn't have one. 

Ebeyer has aphantasia, a rare condition where people are unable to visualize things in their mind. 

For years, the phenomenon had no name, and Ebeyer felt alone in his experiences. But when he learned about a neurologist in the United Kingdom who was researching a mystery condition that sounded similar to his own, it opened up a new world that would change his life. 

Ebeyer first shared his unique perspective on The Doc Project.


This Happened to Me is a video series from CBC Radio that explores the turning points in our lives — the moments that changed everything.


 

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