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Why can I imagine things vividly?
It’s entirely possible to imagine a world as vividly when you’re awake as when you’re asleep. That’s what hallucinations are. What neuroscience has discovered over the past couple of decades is that we use the same brain real-estate for imagining and remembering as we do for experiencing.
Can people with Aphantasia dream vividly?
People with Aphantasia do dream; but our dreams may be different than more visual dreamers and can even vary within the Aphantasia community. Some people dream visually but are unable to do so while awake.
Why can’t some people visualize while reading?
Aphantasia can, in some respects, be described as “mind’s eye blindness.” It is the inability to form mental images of real or imaginary people, places, or things. Some sources classify it as a rare medical condition affecting 2\% of the population (Zeman et al.
Why can’t we visualize anything?
So a complete lack of visualization may be caused by functional problems at several points in this network. Such disruptions can be caused by brain injury, mood disorder, or present since birth. Intriguingly, while they can’t summon mental imagery on demand, Zeman insists that aphantasia is a condition and not a disorder.
How can I have lucid dreams without visualization?
If you think you have the condition and also want to have lucid dreams, I recommend you work on lucid dreaming techniques that don’t require any visualization. Think Wake Back to Bed, the Cycle Adjustment Technique, reality checks, silent meditation, and so on.
What part of the brain controls visual visualization?
Visualization is the result of multiple brain regions working together to generate phantom images based on memories. We’re talking about the frontal and parietal lobes (the organizers of visualization), and the temporal and occipital lobes (what gives it a visual feel).
What is visual agnosia (Phantasia)?
To coin a name for the condition, which can also be described as a specific kind of visual agnosia, Zeman and his colleagues naturally combined “a” (the Greek word for “without”) and “phantasia” (meaning the capacity to form images).