Welcome to your Aphantasia community

This website will grow and develop to enable people with no mind's eye to learn about aphantasia, keep up to date with the latest research and be part of a journey of discovery into how our minds work.

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The more people who say hello and share their story, the more we can learn. So please share this website on your facebook page or twitter account or any where else where someone with aphantasia may see your post/tweet and can join our community.

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You have found aphant.asia the website for everything related to aphantasia.

Aphantasia is a newly named condition that has been known to science since 1880.

This website is designed to help people find answers to their questions about aphantasia and to get support from other people with aphantasia.


If you have known you had no mind's eye for years or are just starting your journey of discovery then this is the place to be.

We have a forum where we can share stories and offer support to each other.


Not only that, but as we grow as a user base we can work together to help academia quickly get information from a large group and make progress in the understanding of this condition.


But wait, we welcome anyone to come and join us, if you just have questions or want to offer us an insight into your ability to visualise, then we welcome you to our community.

The definition of aphantasia is where a person is unable to synthesise senses in their mind.

It is impossible for anyone else to see what you are picturing as your experiences are yours and yours alone, however, it is possible to answer a few questions and get a feeling for whether you are Aphantasmic or not.

Psychologists use the Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire, which asks you to rate different mental images, to test the strength of the mind's eye.

The University of Exeter has developed an abridged version that lets you see how your mind compares.

These questions are related to the ability to visualise imagery, however people with aphantasia aren't just unable to produce imagery, so further questions outside the scope of the University of Exeter study are included at the bottom.

The following questions are answered on a scale shown below;

  • No image at all
  • Vague and dim
  • Moderately clear
  • Reasonably clear
  • As vivid as real life

People with aphantasia typically will answer 'No image at all' to all questions.

Conjure up an image of a friend or relative who you frequently see; how clearly can you see the contours of their face, head, shoulders and body?

Still imagining that friend or relative, how strongly can you see the characteristic poses of their head and body? 

How well can you envision the way that friend or relative walks, the length of their step, for example?

Rate how vivid the colours of that person's clothes look in your mind?

Visualise a rising sun and look carefully at the details of that mental picture; how clearly do you see that sun rising above the horizon in a hazy sky?

Imagine the sky clearing and surrounding the sun with blueness, how vivid is that image?

Clouds appear in your sky and a lightning storm erupts - how well can you see it?

A rainbow appears in your sky, how clearly can you make it out?

If you have questions, head over to our forum or take a look at our FAQ


Here are some more questions that might be of use, these are not written by a scientific team, they are crowd sourced.

Conjure up an image of a garden there are birds in the trees; the grass has been freshly cut, can you smell the grass?

Still imagining that scene, you see the birds in the trees, can you hear the birds tweeting?

You walk through gardens, and find an apple tree, you take an apple and bite into it, can you taste the apple?

You trip over a rock and fall to the ground, you graze your knee on the stone path, can you feel the graze?

The other imaginary senses seem to be more hit and miss even amongst non aphantasia people. So take these questions for what they are, an indication of your ability to visualise, and not a definitive test.

Aphantasia is a newly named condition that was first identified by Sir Francis Galton in 1880.


To simply define aphantasia, Aphantasia is where a person is unable to create imagery in their mind's eye. People with Aphantasia are unable to synthesise senses in their mind.


Aphantasia appears to be a spectrum condition where the degree of Aphantasia varies, just like the degree to which non Aphantasmics can visualise to differing amounts.


Certain people are unable to create any images, sounds, tastes, smells or touch within their mind. This is known as Total Aphantasia.


Research to Aphantasia is at an early stage, so the more people we can find the better placed we are to start making progress into understanding this condition.


The first thing to do, is register on the website and start posting on our forum, together we can find answers.