Research Proves People with Aphantasia End up in Scientific Field

People with low or no visual imagery usually tend to work in scientific and mathematical industries than creative sectors, based on new research.

Aphantasia, the term describing a person’s incapability to visualize in the thoughts, has been proven to be more frequent in scientific and technical industries. The contracting phenomenon of a certain vivid mental imagery, often known as hyperphantasia, has also been proven to be more widespread in creative professions.

The research, headed by the University of Exeter, asked 2,000 individuals with aphantasia and 200 with hyperphantasia about their career decisions, amongst other subjects. Additionally, they asked 200 control participants with mid-vary imagery vividness who had been recruited from the Exeter biobank EXTEND study.

They discovered that over 20% of people who had no or little visual imagery worked in science, computing, or mathematics, while over 25% of individuals with extremely strong visual imagery labored in arts, design, entertainment and other creative industry.

Professor of Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, Adam Zeman, initially derived the phrase ‘aphantasia’ in 2015 and led this project via a grant to the ‘Eye’s Mind’ crew funded by the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Professor Craig Venter is a world-famous geneticist who led the team reporting the primary draft sequence of the human genome. He had long realized he had aphantasia, but was gratified to find a term that mirrored his experience.