Aphantasia and Memory

When I close my eyes and think of an apple, all I see is grey mush.

I have added a page to this site on what it is like to have aphantasia (no mind’s eye). It comes a shock to those with visual memory that some of us see nothing when we imagine or remember. It comes as a shock to those of us with aphantasia (about 2% of the population) that others actually see images – they aren’t just talking in metaphor as we have always assumed.

Read more here.

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About lynne

I am an Honorary Researcher at LaTrobe University. I am the author of 19 books, the most recent being 'Spiders: learning to love them' (Allen & Unwin), 'Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies' (Cambridge University Press, 'The Memory Code' (Allen & Unwin, AUS; Pegasus Books, US and Atlantic Books, UK), 'Memory Craft' (Allen & Unwin, AUS; Pegasus Books, US) [and foreign translations, audio versions and so on]. My latest book is co-authored by Margo Neale. 'Songlines: the power and promise' is published by Thames & Hudson with the National Museum of Australia.
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