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(A)phantasia and severely deficient autobiographical memory: scientific and personal perspectives

Watkins, Nicholas W. ORCID: 0000-0003-4484-6588 (2018) (A)phantasia and severely deficient autobiographical memory: scientific and personal perspectives. Cortex, 105. pp. 41-52. ISSN 0010-9452

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.cortex.2017.10.010


I address two interlinked aspects of the diversity in our experiences of memory and the mind's eye. I summarise the long-appreciated role of imagery in mathematics and the physical sciences, and contrast it with the evidence that some scientists have had limited or zero imagery. I then recount the story of how I became aware of my own lack of mental imagery, and the accompanying deficit in my episodic memory, how I have sought scientific understanding of these conditions, and how they have affected my life.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Elsevier
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Time Series
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 14:17
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2024 23:14

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