She’s now kind of relieve to be able to put a name on that “condition” of sorts. 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). Currently I’m writing a book on Hyperphantasia. Thanks for your reply, Mattie! Most people, apparently, just remember an image of the house and can recall those and many other features with considerably less effort. I keep seeing continuity errors and have to rewind the movie, to check on things 🙂. I would LOVE to be able to store information that way! I only discovered this recently, that some people can not see images when they read. Thanks for this wonderful response. And in 2018 she released a hardcover photo book, Infra Realism, filled with images from in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. It’s really interesting to hear how different people perceive things. We are a culture of categorists. "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. You should try asking people you know about it, you might be surprised to find you’re not so alone. I actually stumbled upon this article because I am the very opposite – aphantasiac. I'd never heard of it until now, and I'm sure many of you wouldn't have either. Learn more. Hyperesthesia is an increase in the sensitivity of any of your senses, such as sight, sound, touch, and smell. Slotists. I asked her to vividly picture absurd things in a familiar place. I recently discovered I have Hyperphantasia, which to be honest, I had no clue this isn't how most people experience life. Shell. Though his dreams are more nightmarish. There was so much to learn. I recently discovered I have Hyperphantasia, which to be honest, I had no clue this isn't how most people experience life. ( Log Out /  This is so fantastic to hear. I believe I also have hyperphantasia. 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. Members in the forum might have the answers. I can never get enough of the fantastical realms within my own mind. 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. art. Keep up the great creative work! In my work, I see things from multiple angles at once and begin to dissect them into small pieces until I find the problem. Some patients show mild symptoms. Posts about hyperphantasia written by gozzter. This blog post gets more hits than any other, so we know for certain that there is a big interest in this out there! Some babies with severe forms of hypophosphatasia die at or before birth. 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). And he doesn’t get it. I think it may be a product of living alone? 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. Her career depends on the summoning up of vivid images as she reads an author’s text. Hyperphantasia! ... living room and bedroom look like. Hyperphantasia. She seemed to have lots of trouble doing so and I kind of lost my patience, thinking she was just lacking focus or motivation. Couldn’t be happier with them though. She explained to me that she wasn’t really “picturing” the things she wants to model. Especially with all the silence sometimes It’s interesting to read about people who don’t do this though. 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. Thanks for your comment and I am constantly inspired by how many people have the same response to this phenomenon. So...yeah. And of course, his nightmares also have the unfortunate tendency to come true. It certainly was hardest at school when I’d miss information that the teacher had explained to the class, etc. 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. I'm an artist that can't see pictures in my head... Weird, huh? 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!”. Hi Valerie, They call this Aphantasia. Living with Aphantasia The implications of aphantasia are far reaching - and we've only just begun to explore them. The world is full of daydreamers who spend most of their energy fighting to to avoid daydreaming. I’ve always been pretty prone to daydreaming, but that one time, it just scared me. Hyperphantasia; Why We Broke Up by chiefbuttons. I love this trait of mine. 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. Yes! One highlight that got a “high five”. 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 briefly forgot about being in the store until I came to and realized how deeply disconnected I was for that short time. form a better notion of what kind of fun fiction story is lurking between the two subjects. ( Log Out /  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!) Living … “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. This explains a lot about my life, as an artist and how I've lived so far. It was at that conference that finally there was my equivalent of a Hyper. Great to hear from you, Cheers! I’d be interested in hearing about your book! 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! Instead, she “aggregates” bits and details of things she has seen before. Keep on dreaming I say! There is so much to explore and unlock in the depths of the human imagination. Especially from the Aphantasics. There’s nothing better than getting out those ideas and expressing them through image and sound. I’m a computer scientist, but spent seven years at college / Uni studying illustration (I actually have no computer related qualifications). Hi Carla, 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. NEVER take that for granted! That got me thinking more about it and then learned that it was the Hyperphantasia end of the spectrum that I was on. I started to understand he literally doesn’t have images in his mind. I hear, I smell, I taste. Someday I want to write and/or draw my stories. Some communities in our state – communities of color, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly – have been especially impacted by COVID-19. Ever since I was young to escape I would drift off into elaborate and long daydreams, in which essentially I've lived half I think there are more people with hyperphantasia than you’d think. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The opening night is on Thursday Feburary 13 from 6pm to 8pm. Jac_Solar. ... such as people living in the slums of Mumbai or computer hackers. 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. I was teased as a child for living too much in an imaginary world, but that never stopped me. I regularly make up stories to occupy my mind day and night, or even just interesting scenarios, and I sometimes physically and verbally react to someone fictitious in these stories because the imagery is so strong. 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. Living with Hyperphantasia is like being: “Untethered by the laws of physics where imagination has no bounds”. Thanks for your reply and for sharing your story. Zeman later names the opposite phenomenon, hyperphantasia. My fantasies (sexual or not) are super vivid, and I can navigate imaginary spaces with great detail. ( Log Out /  Got a question about living with hypophosphatasia? Yes, I know what you mean about everything having a smell, texture and colour. Compare treatments taken by people with hypophosphatasia. Hi Richard, All patients have problems with bone mineralization. The opposite phenomenon of particularly vivid mental imagery, known as hyperphantasia, has also been shown to be more common in creative professions. Hypercapnia happens when you have too much carbon dioxide in your bloodstream. In the meantime, I’m going to just grab a book and have myself a little daydream. Everything has smell, texture and colour, including letters, words and numbers. I get so distracted by this kind of momentary mind-stories that I regularly miss what happens around me in ‘reality’. I took a picture of the His Dark Materials bench. compare the lives and experiences of people with aphantasia and it’s polar-opposite hyperphantasia. 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. Hyperphantasia. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Richard alderman@hyperphantasiaR I think we’re only just scratching the surface too. Usually, my imagination is more of a perk than a handicap, though. 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. From the question, we can assume that the missing word is an adjective or a noun. It’s up to the ‘dreamers’ to bring their visions to life. And he just couldn’t get it – and he is extremely bright and perceptive so i couldn’t work out why. I couldn’t just feel them, I could hear, feel, and taste things. The more I love the book, sometimes, the harder it is to read. This explains a lot about my life, as an artist and how I've lived so far. Really didn’t think much of it for years although I was always testing people on their abilities. I even dream solutions to issues. 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. One thing most people take for granted is how much of your memory is stored visually. 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. Hi Robert, ( Log Out /  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. 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/. 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. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I spent my entire life not realizing that it was unusual. 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. It’s amazing how many views this post has had over all my others. Let’s build this page together! Some people can't visualise their best friend's face, or even their own house. Hyperphantasia is _____ to aphantasia. Yes, it’s truly unbelievable that the ability to conjure any image, sound, smell and sensation isn’t available to everyone. All of us visualize differently. Sorry for my delay in getting back to you, I recently got married and it seemed to swallow my life for a while. The main character in my upcoming book, James, is also a chronic daydreamer. I’m definitely sure I have hyperphantasia in some degree… some big degree. 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. Hi, I’m so sorry for my terribly late reply, It’s been so long since I engaged with this page. It takes up a lot of space in my life, and sometimes I’ve hurt myself and stuff (if my character is active in my imagination, I have actual discharge of adrenaline and starts to unwillingly move, walk or even run blindly – thought I only/mostly do that at home) but I would not trade it for the world. Generally, this activity is triggered by nocioception or the nervous system's normal response to painful stimuli. With successful treatment of hypospadias, most males can have normal urination … Namists. I have joked to myself that I am seeing a glimpse of my future children and descendants. Yep, I think I do fall into that category, although my rational mind stops me from jumping to that conclusion without proper testing. 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! 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. Hi: I used to think that everyone could visualize anything until I took a Spatial Reasoning test 32 years ago. 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. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Oct 28, 2017 146. I too have issues with daydreaming, but I don’t just visualise images in my head; I problem solve in four dimensions. No wonder everyone called me a daydreamer! 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. Yes, I did read that article too and have been in contact with the people at Exeter. I can’t believe it has sat un-researched from 1880 to 2015!! It’s such a difference in ability that i want to know more…, Hi Katrina, thanks for your comment. 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. Symptoms of hypophosphatasia vary greatly. Crazy. I was so upset to learn that so many people miss out on the magic of mental images. I Don’t know anyone else with hyperphantasia or whatever it is called. I really recommend “Aphantasia” written by Alan Kendel @alan_ken to read. For some reason, she can easily remember shapes and colors, but not really picture them. 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. 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). 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. Multi-sensory is imagination. The inability to visualise images in one’s head is known as aphantasia. Thanks for your comment. Then in 2015 there was an article on Aphantasia in the New York Times which referenced the work by Dr. Adam Zeman. It’s not even restrictive to things I can see. Is there anyone else out there who has Hyperphantasia? Over a year ago, I visited the Oxford Botanical Gardens for the first time. I can’t even conceive how that works, but it does apparently. One day I was driving on a road which went through two fields of crops. 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. Change ). Her mission is to raise awareness about the diversity of thought processes, aphantasia, hyperphantasia and everything in-between. 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. It can affect just one or all of the senses. That is really interesting about your dreams! Truly fascinating. Aphantasia and hyperphantasia appear to be widespread but neglected features of human experience with informative psychological associations. Problems with bone mineralization can cause bone to form incorrectly. 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. Come to find out this isn't how most people experience their lives (according to my research anyway). 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 … Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Thanks for sharing! 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. I have hyperphantasia, too. This gene gives the body instructions to make an enzyme called alkaline phosphatase, which is needed for mineralization of the bones and teeth. Note. I believe that I have hyperphantasia. It’s not just images though. On the side note, ironically, the person I’m dating has aphantasia. I believe that I have a bit of an extreme form, that some have tried to qualify as «maladaptive daydreaming». I just discovered aphantasia and I am fascinated. The journey was pretty boring, there were no cars around, the road was pretty straightforward, so I wasn’t paying much attention. You’re a lucky bunch! I get so wound up in exploring another world inside my head that sometimes it takes me months to finish a book. Surgery usually restores the normal appearance of your child's penis. It’s a bit bizarre, to be honest. I think my particular version of hyperphantasia would make me a good toy maker or 3D artist, rather than a story teller etc. Luckily, it happened without any hard obstacle around, so I managed to slow down and stop. When you share what it’s like to have hypophosphatasia through your profile, those stories and data appear here too. "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. 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 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. 4.5k Members 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. 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. 4.3k Members 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. Mutations in this gene lead to an abnormal version of the enzyme, thus affecting the mineralization process. I am the world’s biggest pain in the ass, to watch movies with. I see so much when I read that it distracts me. It’s not a big handicap, and she’s a talented artist in spite of that. 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. So sorry for my terribly late response. The opposite condition to aphantasia is “hyperphantasia,” a condition children’s book illustrator Lauren Beard understands. Hello, We could start an email chain, Facebook Group, or whatever people prefer. I have a funny anecdote to share about “hyperphantasia”, if that’s what I have. “I suppose that would be called ‘hyperphantasia’,” I thought, so I Googled it and found this blog post. 😉. 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”. Since then just this last April of 2019 I was privileged to attend the First ever conference on Extreme Imagination (#aphantasiaconf on twitter). 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. Literally and permanently. 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