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Aphantasia Club

Research on the mental imagery spectrum

ByCharlotte Langlais

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One year ago, I discovered that I don't have any superpower. When I close my eyes, everything is dark. Yet, 98% of the world's population is phantasic. 98% of the world's population can see an apple in their mind when asked to picture one; can meditate by imagining themselves on a beach; can count sheep to fall asleep. 98% of the world's population has the ability to picture mental images in their mind's eye. On the contrary, 2% of the population is aphantasic. This beautiful word, whose etymology comes from the ancient Greek phántasia—which literally translates to "image, apparition"—simply means that in our head, everything is black. Eyes closed or open, we have no ability to see something that is not there; to picture a scene that will not happen; to replay our memories like movies. While dozens of images may have crossed your mind as your eyes read those lines, for me, everything is black.

Details

Publication Date
Jun 14, 2021
Language
English
ISBN
9781291100457
Category
Social Science
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Charlotte Langlais

Specifications

Pages
169
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Color
Dimensions
A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm)

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