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Defining Aphantasia 2 years 1 week ago #1549

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The definition of aphantasia is quite simple at first glance.
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Defining Aphantasia 2 years 1 week ago #1550

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Defining Aphantasia 2 years 1 week ago #1560

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I think of my Aphantasia as having no mind's eye in my conscious state in contrast to my ability to dream while asleep. By this definition, if one experiences images while asleep, can they not have total aphantasia? I have never experiences any imagery while awake.
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Defining Aphantasia 2 years 1 week ago #1564

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Good point, I should clarify that this is for when you are awake.
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Defining Aphantasia 2 years 1 week ago #1568

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Defining Aphantasia 2 years 1 week ago #1573

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I'm wondering: Are aphantasics not seeing "images" while awake because they physically can't, or because:

1. they expect those images to be like seeing with your eyes
2. the image is there but it the person isn't aware of it (not paying attention because it's not a priority - maybe verbal function overrides visualization)
4. is there a medical explanation?
5. can visualization be learned or strengthened through practice, meditation?

Maybe they're okay with the way it is

I know that people who are unaware that many Asperger's think visually (tests are verbal and abstract) and conclude that we're defective or "missing parts" of brain development.
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Defining Aphantasia 2 years 1 week ago #1574

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Good questions to be asked, for example with my autism diagnosis, one thing we have discussed is that I am not a complete fit in the traditional stereotype, I excel at verbal and not so much at visio-spatial and abstraction (I am above average in those areas as well, but it is grossly unbalanced towards verbal).

I know that some data is stored in my mind, it just cannot make the connection to recalling an image, even a hazy or fuzzy one, so my guess is that the connection from my visual cortex to my frontal is lacking. Have you watched Temple Grandin's TED talk? She breaks down autism along these lines, even shares an MRI showing her substantial neuro-connection between those two regions of the brain.

It is conceivable then, that the visual data may be stored in some fashion, but is not available for conscious use, so we take in and store visual data, but cannot utilize or manipulate it consciously?

It is fascinating though, aphantasia and Hyperphantasia could explain some of these differences we see on the autism spectrum, that may not in fact be spectrum traits at all, but normal human cognitive variations that then have an effect on how autism is then manifested in areas of observation, personality, etc.
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Defining Aphantasia 1 year 5 months ago #2808

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I need to know how to contact some one who is doing research on this and find out how i can become part of the study. I am excited that I finally know why I cant see images. I dream vividly and can hear music in my head when I think about the song. I have a great memory for detail and describe/write what I have seen.
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