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23:42 Nov 24, 2019
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Medical - Medical (general)
Additional field(s): Psychology
term or phrase: aphantasia
Definition from Merriam-Webster:
The inability to form mental images of real or imaginary people, places, or things.

Example sentence(s):
  • The former president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios says he has a "blind mind's eye". Ed Catmull, 74, has the condition aphantasia, in which people cannot visualise mental images at all. And in a surprising survey of his former employees, so do some of the world's best animators. BBC
  • Aphantasia, a term coined by Adam Zeman, a neurologist and professor of cognitive and behavioural neurology at Exeter University Medical School, describes people who are unable to visualise. It affects some 2 to 3 per cent of the population, or around 2million people in the UK. Daily Mail
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