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Aphantasia or Lack of Episodic Memory 2 years 3 months ago #4121

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Just wondering if anyone knows the differences between aphantasia and lack of episodic memory?
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Aphantasia or Lack of Episodic Memory 2 years 3 months ago #4122

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Episodic memory refers to your memories about events or activities you did in your life. These are personal memories such as how you spent your last holidays, what you had for breakfast this morning, etc. You do not need to visualize these past events in order to remember them.

Inability to remember these things is a deficit in episodic memory, inability to visually imagine these past events is aphantasia. I think several people with aphantasia say that they have a bad episodic memory which may be related to the fact that we cannot visually imagine past events. However, this is not been objectively tested and may or may not be true.
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Aphantasia or Lack of Episodic Memory 1 week 2 days ago #40141

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There has been recent studies by Palombo et al into severely deficient autobiographical memory (SDAM).

At least two of the three subjects studied are aphantasics - I'm not sure on the third as aphantasia wasn't the focus of the study..

I believe that the majority of aphantasics will have SDAM due to an inability to remember the past via vivid mental imagery and by extension a lack of emotional connectivity to those autobiogrphical memories, further decreasing their salience.
Shit - if only I'd known!
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