Can you see images in your “mind's eye”?

Do physicists have a mind's eye?

  • Watkins, a physicist who also lacks a mind’s eye, describes his own experiences and also quotes Oliver Sacks. He too did not have a mind’s eye, but Sacks once used amphetamines to help him conjure up images. Amphetamine can provide the experience of a mind’s eye if you lack one of your own:

What does it mean to have a lack of mind's eye?

  • One described the condition as feeling the shape of an apple in the dark. Another said it was “thinking only in radio.” The vast majority of people who reported a lack of a mind’s eye had no memory of ever having had one, suggesting that they had been born without it.

Where does mental imagery come from in the brain?

  • So far, that work suggests that mental imagery emerges from a network of brain regions that talk to each other. Decision-making regions at the front of the brain send signals to regions at the back, which normally make sense of information from the eyes. Those top-down signals can cause the visual regions to produce images that aren’t there.

image-Can you see images in your “mind's eye”?
image-Can you see images in your “mind's eye”?
Share this Post: