The Eye 's Mind By Helen Thomson Of The Bbc Reported On Aphantasia

806 Words Nov 24th, 2016 4 Pages
Helen Thomson of the BBC reported on aphantasia, which is a condition where a person is unable to form mental imagery, or imagine things. Aphantasia fits into cognitive neuroscience, because it related to people’s mental perceptions. Cognition plays a role, but more in a lack of there of sense because people with aphantasia have the inability to creat images with their mind. In the article, Thomson reports about a person named Philip, who had no idea that people had the ability to create mental images. He believed that everyone did not have an imagination, and if he was told to imagine something he thought that they were just using a figure of speech. To provide information on aphantasia, Thomson interviewed Adam Zeman and Joel Pearson. Zeman provides symptoms that he was able to conclude based on 21 case studies that he investigated. Pearson provides the neuroscience behind the condition. Zeman and Pearson both worked on a project together known as The Eye’s Mind, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Innovation Award in 2015. The Eye’s Mind sole focus was the lack of visual imagery. No undergraduate or graduate students were mentioned in the story.
Zeman conducted his research on aphantasia at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He does research within the psychology department, and he is a professor of cognitive and behavioral neurology. Zeman’s case studies were used to identify common symptoms of aphantasia, which include being able to…

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