It turns out not all people can be scared of creepy stories
For those who didn’t know aphantasia is the inability to visualize the images that appear in your thoughts. This disorder is common among only 2-5% of the population. However, little is known about it by this moment, it is believed this condition is associated with other processes such as impaired memory, dreaming, and imagination.
In a recent study, scientists examined how people with this specialty react when they read horror stories, such as being attacked by a shark or flying on a plane about to fall. The researchers managed to measure the physical fear response of everyone who participated in the experiment by tracking how much the participant sweated during the story. Based on the data, due to the fact that some could not visualize the scene, people didn’t feel fear. Therefore, scientists have concluded that it is the images that help connect thought with emotion. And they found this difference between ordinary people and people who have aphantasia.
Researchers also placed 46 participants (half of them had aphantasia) in a dark room with a screen on which different fragments of stories, sometimes scary ones, were supposed to appear. They attached electrodes to their skin that conduct electricity well when a person feels fear. Gradually, the voltage increased, and those people who could imagine the story had a noticeable level of conduction. But in people with aphantasia, the skin almost didn’t react and the indicators didn’t change.
The results showed that imagery enhances emotional thought. And what is also very important, this unique phenomenon can be verified, therefore, they plan to study it in detail in the future. “Aphantasia shows how different we and our brains can be”- scientists say.
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