It was at that conference that finally there was my equivalent of a Hyper. It felt like I was really in that alternative reality. I'm an artist that can't see pictures in my head... Weird, huh? Zeman later names the opposite phenomenon, hyperphantasia. form a better notion of what kind of fun fiction story is lurking between the two subjects. In my work, I see things from multiple angles at once and begin to dissect them into small pieces until I find the problem. And he doesn’t get it. It’s slightly better now than when I was still a child, when I accidentally spend MOST of my time in my head that I cannot immediately tell when somebody is speaking to me. art. 😉. Over a year ago, I visited the Oxford Botanical Gardens for the first time. That is really interesting about your dreams! This explains a lot about my life, as an artist and how I've lived so far. I can never get enough of the fantastical realms within my own mind. Hyperphantasia is _____ to aphantasia. Surgery usually restores the normal appearance of your child's penis. You’re a lucky bunch! All patients have problems with bone mineralization. Oct 28, 2017 146. I took a picture of the His Dark Materials bench. The mind and psychology is so fascinating to me to think about how one can go their entire life unaware of just how different their human experience can be based on even just one different variable of how their mind works. Thanks for your comment and I am constantly inspired by how many people have the same response to this phenomenon. I started to understand he literally doesn’t have images in his mind. I’ve always been pretty prone to daydreaming, but that one time, it just scared me. The urethra is the tube through which urine drains from your bladder and exits your body.Hypospadias is common and doesn't cause difficulty in caring for your infant. Yes, it’s truly unbelievable that the ability to conjure any image, sound, smell and sensation isn’t available to everyone. It’s a bit bizarre, to be honest. I always assumed when people spoke of “picturing” things they were doing the same thing I was doing, i.e. Change ). I never stopped being creative. Now that I’m an adult, I have a career in the film industry, Im an author, a musician and a painter. Mónica is a highly motivated professional with in-house event organisation, international office and luxury hotel management experience with over 15 years in the hospitality and private investments. NEVER take that for granted! Especially from the Aphantasics. I smelled the crops and completely phazed out, picturing me where I used to spent summer holidays at the mountain (hence the smells). Living with Hyperphantasia is like being: “Untethered by the laws of physics where imagination has no bounds”. Luckily, it happened without any hard obstacle around, so I managed to slow down and stop. This is so fantastic to hear. I couldn’t just feel them, I could hear, feel, and taste things. It also explains a lot of my surrealism... as objects, colors, ideas, and shapes and everything else sort of morph and flow almost like hallucinations or something. Some people can't visualise their best friend's face, or even their own house. I recently discovered I have Hyperphantasia, which to be honest, I had no clue this isn't how most people experience life. Hi Richard, Truly fascinating. This lack of mind's eye is called 'aphantasia', and researchers are only just starting to unravel the science behind it. Thanks for your comment. Hyperphantasia is a relatively new term used to describe extreme or far above average mental sensory imagery occurring both when we imagine and when we recreate memories stored in our brains. It has only been recently highlighted to me because my husband has Aphantasia, so although told as a child i was a daydreamer (i started writing books at 6), i seem to him like i am stuck in fantasy land. And he just couldn’t get it – and he is extremely bright and perceptive so i couldn’t work out why. You should try asking people you know about it, you might be surprised to find you’re not so alone. Thanks for your comment! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Some patients show mild symptoms. I came across this post while looking up hyperphantaia. It’s really interesting to hear how different people perceive things. So...yeah. compare the lives and experiences of people with aphantasia and it’s polar-opposite hyperphantasia. Yes it is truly a fascinating subject and I am constantly shocked how this has gone undiscovered for so long, especially since people talk so readily about other aspects of how different people perceive things. Hyperphantasia. This blog post gets more hits than any other, so we know for certain that there is a big interest in this out there! Sorry for my delay in getting back to you, I recently got married and it seemed to swallow my life for a while. Thanks for sharing! People with hyperphantasia describe pictures so vivid that they can find it hard to be sure whether an image was perceived or imagined. ... living room and bedroom look like. I have lived with fictional characters in my head, had relationships with them, been with them in adventures. Ever since I was young to escape I would drift off into elaborate and long daydreams, in which essentially I've lived half I get so distracted by this kind of momentary mind-stories that I regularly miss what happens around me in ‘reality’. I was kind of devastated to hear about that, and we discovered it one day when I was trying to explain to her the mental palace technique to memorize tons of stuff easily. On the side note, ironically, the person I’m dating has aphantasia. There is so much to explore and unlock in the depths of the human imagination. Her career depends on the summoning up of vivid images as she reads an author’s text. Aphantasia and hyperphantasia appear to be widespread but neglected features of human experience with informative psychological associations. It’s amazing to me that this vast difference in how people recall visual memories has been overlooked for so long, and like you say, that we all take for granted our minds processes and assume that everyone is the same. I believe that I have a bit of an extreme form, that some have tried to qualify as «maladaptive daydreaming». ... naturalistic living and non-living … Then in 2015 there was an article on Aphantasia in the New York Times which referenced the work by Dr. Adam Zeman. I'd never heard of it until now, and I'm sure many of you wouldn't have either. Compare treatments taken by people with hypophosphatasia. Hypercapnia happens when you have too much carbon dioxide in your bloodstream. Namists. I spent my entire life not realizing that it was unusual. Very cool concept! It’s been a while since I gave an update on my plans to publish, but I swear there will be more news very soon! I think there is definitely a few great story ideas in this subject matter. Hi: I used to think that everyone could visualize anything until I took a Spatial Reasoning test 32 years ago. My girlfriend has a mild form of aphantasia: she has mental images, but they seem to be really hazy at best, and more akin to a list of abstract bullet points. It is a society of Nomino, ergo sum.It’s as if we can sleep more securely knowing we have named and categorized everything we have seen that day –no matter how bizarre, no matter how unimportant. Great to hear from you, Cheers! It’s up to the ‘dreamers’ to bring their visions to life. She explained to me that she wasn’t really “picturing” the things she wants to model. My love of psychology and neurology started my brain working (and imagining) and i began to question him as if he was my test subject! Symptoms of hypophosphatasia vary greatly. I am very forgetful of things unless they stand out enough when I’m looking at them to make me basically say, “Remember that this house has blue shutters.” If I also want to remember that the house has white windowsills, I have to commit that to memory as another list item, separately and consciously. It’s such a difference in ability that i want to know more…, Hi Katrina, thanks for your comment. It can get very distracting at times just exploring the complexity and wonder in the world around us that on the surface might seem mundane or obvious. ... such as people living in the slums of Mumbai or computer hackers. Everything has smell, texture and colour, including letters, words and numbers. I asked her to vividly picture absurd things in a familiar place. 4.3k Members Hi, sorry for the late reply, I have been super busy and can’t believe it’s been so long since I looked at my site! We are a culture of categorists. It's like essentially creating a new painting in my mind's eye for every second there is in a day that I'm awake and conscious (unless I'm super focused on a particular task then they can recede). She seemed to have lots of trouble doing so and I kind of lost my patience, thinking she was just lacking focus or motivation. From the question, we can assume that the missing word is an adjective or a noun. Hyperphantasia; Why We Broke Up by chiefbuttons. I only discovered this recently, that some people can not see images when they read. Living … Living with Aphantasia The implications of aphantasia are far reaching - and we've only just begun to explore them. Hi, I believe I also have hyperphantasia, i currently am an author, designer, artist, photographer and run two businesses and am always thinking about cooking, writing, reading and anything else my brain latches onto while already working on something – i thought i was just neurotic for years. Hi, I’m so sorry for my terribly late reply, It’s been so long since I engaged with this page. I can’t believe it has sat un-researched from 1880 to 2015!! I think my particular version of hyperphantasia would make me a good toy maker or 3D artist, rather than a story teller etc. I have joked to myself that I am seeing a glimpse of my future children and descendants. The opening night is on Thursday Feburary 13 from 6pm to 8pm. One day I was driving on a road which went through two fields of crops. Until about an hour ago, I thought everybody can do it, too. Hyperphantasia is a relatively new term used to describe extreme or far above average mental sensory imagery occurring both when we imagine and when we recreate memories stored in our brains. Then, I discovered aphantasia, and learned how there are people who can’t apparently do it like I easily can. Literally and permanently. Jac_Solar. This gene gives the body instructions to make an enzyme called alkaline phosphatase, which is needed for mineralization of the bones and teeth. I would LOVE to be able to store information that way! Member. The Joys of an overactive imagination, https://www.facebook.com/notes/blake-ross/aphantasia-how-it-feels-to-be-blind-in-your-mind/10156834777480504/, Visions in the Mind | Masters Degree Creative Writing: A Journal, http://sites.exeter.ac.uk/eyesmind/get-in-touch/. I actually stumbled upon this article because I am the very opposite – aphantasiac. I think I fall at the opposite end of the spectrum. Currently I’m writing a book on Hyperphantasia. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Though, I do firmly believe that it is a gift and I would never want to live without my wonderful day-dreams. It certainly was hardest at school when I’d miss information that the teacher had explained to the class, etc. ( Log Out /  And of course, his nightmares also have the unfortunate tendency to come true. Luckily with self discovery and stuff like that I was able to cope with it and separate my dreams and my reality; and good news I still use my imagination to create stories. Usually, my imagination is more of a perk than a handicap, though. “I became aware of my hyperphantasia by making a series of works on dreams – realising how vividly I remembered or recreated the scenes.” Although it was a polymath called Francis Galton who initially explored the idea in the nineteenth century, it was not until 2015 that the subject started to gain more widespread recognition. Keep up the great creative work! He cannot visualize at all. I can easily conjure the feel of a soft feather through my fingers, the smell of old books and ink, the sound of a violin playing Bach’s Partita, or the taste of dark chocolate ice cream and almonds. Especially with all the silence sometimes It’s interesting to read about people who don’t do this though. Hello, The opposite phenomenon of particularly vivid mental imagery, known as hyperphantasia, has also been shown to be more common in creative professions. Virus causing genital herpes may put millions of people at greater risk of infection with HIVAbout half a billion people worldwide are living with genital herpes, and several billion have an oral herpes infection, new estimates show.Authored by staff at the University of Bristol, World Health Organization (WHO), and Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, and published in … Slotists. "Mrs. Leonard is living with her husband, who is an outstanding care partner, and she remains very active in many ways," says Dr. Graff-Radford. I am the world’s biggest pain in the ass, to watch movies with. Let’s build this page together! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Dark winters with no sunlight for many weeks, and bright summers with sunlight 24 hours/day. Cause for a time I was manipulated by internal and external means to think that my dreams could be reality. Some sufferers have reported feeling alone and isolated after learning that they can't see things that most people can, and that they feel distressed that they can't picture friends or relatives. Problems with bone mineralization can cause bone to form incorrectly. Is there anyone else out there who has Hyperphantasia? So sorry for my terribly late response. We could start an email chain, Facebook Group, or whatever people prefer. I realised he will never get from books what i do and it doesn’t matter how i try and explain what i see in my mind, if someone doesn’t see it, they don’t see it. Hyperesthesia is an increase in the sensitivity of any of your senses, such as sight, sound, touch, and smell. I really recommend “Aphantasia” written by Alan Kendel @alan_ken to read. Needless to say I have a list of painting ideas and concepts that is so large I could never get around to producing them all in a lifetime, and the list just grows daily. Learn more. And in 2018 she released a hardcover photo book, Infra Realism, filled with images from in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. One highlight that got a “high five”. I’m a computer scientist, but spent seven years at college / Uni studying illustration (I actually have no computer related qualifications). Hi Robert, This is where most of my art comes from, as there is a constant flow of vivid images and kind of like mental films playing in my head most all the time. It’s not a big handicap, and she’s a talented artist in spite of that. For some reason, she can easily remember shapes and colors, but not really picture them. I see so much when I read that it distracts me. I believe that I have hyperphantasia. It’s amazing how many views this post has had over all my others. Keep on dreaming I say! I’m definitely sure I have hyperphantasia in some degree… some big degree. Yes, I did read that article too and have been in contact with the people at Exeter. The inability to visualise images in one’s head is known as aphantasia. Thanks for your reply and for sharing your story. Yep, I think I do fall into that category, although my rational mind stops me from jumping to that conclusion without proper testing. I Don’t know anyone else with hyperphantasia or whatever it is called. ( Log Out /  There is no cure for mitral valve regurgitation short of surgery, but there are plenty of ways to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Some babies with severe forms of hypophosphatasia die at or before birth. We know that living with COVID-19 and the measures we are taking to control its spread have been difficult – impacting our mental health, daily rituals and the economy. Living with Hyperphantasia is like being: “Untethered by the laws of physics where imagination has no bounds”. I think we’re only just scratching the surface too. I believe I also have hyperphantasia. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Yes, I know what you mean about everything having a smell, texture and colour. ( Log Out /  But she also discovered that the best she could do was nowhere near the best I could: I told her I was able to *feel* the touch of an imaginary dress or (kind of) conjure smells, and basically have a consistent big picture of a scene (although I can channel all details at the same time: I still have to switch my focus, just like in real life). I think it may be a product of living alone? In our creative experiences, from aphantasia (absence) to hyperphantasia (abundance) of multi-sensory perception, there are amazing, mostly undiscovered, hidden discrepancies. Members in the forum might have the answers. Adam Zeman, a professor of cognitive and behavioural neurology, wants to compare the lives and experiences of people with aphantasia and its polar-opposite hyperphantasia. I’d be interested in hearing about your book! When I found out what aphantasia was, that I am one of them, and that most people literally can picture things, I thought, “Wow, that must be a really efficient way to think and remember!”. The number of American young adults living with their parents is at or near an all-time high, and the coronavirus pandemic is likely the reason, according to a new analysis. Thanks for this wonderful response. Thanks for your comment, that does indeed sound quite extreme! If you (author) or any of your readers are willing/interested, I think it would be awesome to discuss both aphantasia and hyperphantasia with people who have experienced them, in order to help me (and maybe others!) Thanks for the comment! Thanks for your comment, Lee! I think there are more people with hyperphantasia than you’d think. I just discovered aphantasia and I am fascinated. I was teased as a child for living too much in an imaginary world, but that never stopped me. Mutations in this gene lead to an abnormal version of the enzyme, thus affecting the mineralization process. Since then just this last April of 2019 I was privileged to attend the First ever conference on Extreme Imagination (#aphantasiaconf on twitter). There’s nothing better than getting out those ideas and expressing them through image and sound. Patients can have early to I was so upset to learn that so many people miss out on the magic of mental images. The journey was pretty boring, there were no cars around, the road was pretty straightforward, so I wasn’t paying much attention. I love this trait of mine. Come to find out this isn't how most people experience their lives (according to my research anyway). Crazy. It can affect just one or all of the senses. Although this sounds pleasurable, it can potentially be confusing, and might make individuals more susceptible to symptoms such as flashbacks in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a genetic condition caused by mutations in the ALPL gene. One example I can give is that a few months ago, I was shopping and to occupy my mind while looking for my mother in another aisle, I daydreamed about some story I started a day or so ago. The research, led by the University of Exeter, asked 2,000 people with aphantasia and 200 with hyperphantasia about their career choices, amongst other topics. No wonder everyone called me a daydreamer! 4.5k Members I briefly forgot about being in the store until I came to and realized how deeply disconnected I was for that short time. Ever since I was young to escape I would drift off into elaborate and long daydreams, in which essentially I've lived half my life if not more in an alternate fantasy world in my head where I would create vast stories, scenes, characters, landscapes and everything else. I hear, I smell, I taste. You certainly have a fascinating approach to problem solving. I have hyperphantasia, too. Sometimes when I am not even thinking about a character I made up and my mind is quieter, I will get a sudden mental flash of a person whom I have never seen nor imagined before. Yes! “I suppose that would be called ‘hyperphantasia’,” I thought, so I Googled it and found this blog post. Thanks for your reply, Mattie! Thu 13th February, 2020 – Sat 29th February, 2020. Hi Carla, Her mission is to raise awareness about the diversity of thought processes, aphantasia, hyperphantasia and everything in-between. I too have issues with daydreaming, but I don’t just visualise images in my head; I problem solve in four dimensions. But yes, for as long as I can remember, I can easily play a whole movie inside my head and live there as a side character, for HOURS. Most people, apparently, just remember an image of the house and can recall those and many other features with considerably less effort. In the meantime, I’m going to just grab a book and have myself a little daydream. Most of them are too elaborate or complicated to create, but the ones that stick out to me I try to remember and create in some form. Hypospadias (hi-poe-SPAY-dee-us) is a birth defect (congenital condition) in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis instead of at the tip. One thing most people take for granted is how much of your memory is stored visually. When you share what it’s like to have hypophosphatasia through your profile, those stories and data appear here too. I can swear, I couldn’t “see” the actual road any longer, it was much stronger than your random daydream, but I wasn’t sleeping either (I wasn’t tired in the slightest). Multi-sensory is imagination. With successful treatment of hypospadias, most males can have normal urination … The world is full of daydreamers who spend most of their energy fighting to to avoid daydreaming. Hi Valerie, So much so that I “woke up” when I realized I was slowly missing a turn, and I got off the road and ended up in the gap between the road and a field. Richard alderman@hyperphantasiaR I keep seeing continuity errors and have to rewind the movie, to check on things 🙂. The opposite condition to aphantasia is “hyperphantasia,” a condition children’s book illustrator Lauren Beard understands. Generally, this activity is triggered by nocioception or the nervous system's normal response to painful stimuli. I always knew there were other people out there like me! Posts about hyperphantasia written by gozzter. That got me thinking more about it and then learned that it was the Hyperphantasia end of the spectrum that I was on. Hyperphantasia. Shell. Hyperpathia, hyperalgesia, and allodynia are three manifestations of central sensitization, a condition in which a higher than necessary degree of activity is triggered in the central nervous system. 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Instead, she “aggregates” bits and details of things she has seen before. 2018 Team of scientists led by Dr. Joel Pearson from UNSW and professor Adam Zeman from Exeter embark on brain imaging studies of people with aphantasia to determine the neural basis for why some people cannot create visual images of people, places and things in their mind’s eye. At any rate, I recently had this fun brainstorm for a fiction story about someone on the opposite end: they can picture things so vividly that they seem real. All of us visualize differently. The main character in my upcoming book, James, is also a chronic daydreamer. We only discovered his Aphantasia because i was trying to get him to ‘see’ what i was saying and i was trying to justify why i love reading and writing fiction. a condition in which control of the speech organs is lost, resulting in meaningless and deranged speech. It’s pretty awesome that there really are people who have such vivid imaginations! If you are wondering where on the spectrum between Aphantasia and Hyperphantasia a want to contribute to the research there are 2 test connected to the Extreme Imagination Conference 2019 at http://sites.exeter.ac.uk/eyesmind/get-in-touch/. Someday I want to write and/or draw my stories. She’s now kind of relieve to be able to put a name on that “condition” of sorts. Many people with hyperphantasia have told him, however, that they easily lose themselves in daydreams about the past or the future. I recently discovered I have Hyperphantasia, which to be honest, I had no clue this isn't how most people experience life. The more I love the book, sometimes, the harder it is to read. I think I do and I find it kind of lonely. I can’t even conceive how that works, but it does apparently. They call this Aphantasia. Got a question about living with hypophosphatasia? running through a clinical checklist of visual features which they had committed to memory. I have a funny anecdote to share about “hyperphantasia”, if that’s what I have. It’s not just images though. "Before the pandemic started, she was exercising regularly at the gym because she knows that exercise is associated with slowing down cognitive decline, and she really engaged socially with her friends. Note. The ages, clothes, hair, faces, and skin color vary, and these flashes are always quite interesting. There was so much to learn. Some communities in our state – communities of color, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly – have been especially impacted by COVID-19. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. It can happen for several reasons, such as hyperventilation. 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