Most people can conjure images that they experience in their mind’s eye, whereas Aphantasics cannot. They can only recall facts about recollected images.

Imagined experiences are a product of brain activity.

UQ researchers want to understand how human brains conjure imagined sensory experiences, and why some brains cannot. Researchers also want to understand how Aphantasia relates to other types of neurodiversity, like Autism. Two of the researchers are Aphantasics, and our research is informed by their lived experiences.

The overall research aims are to understand how human brains generate conscious experiences, and why atypical brain activity results in different lived experiences. 

Current research aims to develop better scientific measures of Aphantasia. 


People living in South East Queensland who have:

  • Aphantasia (people who do not have imagined sensory experience)
  • Hyperaphantasia  (people who have unusually intense imagined sensory experiences)

Register your interest

To register your interest email with a description of your imagined sensory experiences. 

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No.2023/HE000637].