Virtual Extreme Imagination Conference

Where art and science meet, creativity thrives. Discover extreme imagination.

Extreme Imagination Event
Meeting other artists, writers, journalists, scientists, and so many brilliant people who are the same as me, unable to visualise, yet they have achieved great things. The sense of community and sharing similar experiences made me feel I was not alone.
Mónica Aguado
For people with aphantasia, hyperphantasia, and everyone in-between curious to discover how our unique imaginative experience shapes the world we perceive and makes us who we are
Extreme Imagination Conference
Science of Imagery Extremes

We invite scientists and researchers from across the globe to engage in lively discussions, share their latest discoveries and draw connections from across disciplines around the science of imagery extremes.

Extreme Imagination Conference
Creativity vs Imagination

Same or different? Discover the extremes, hyperphantasia and aphantasia, and how these invisible differences in our imaginative experiences shape our creative processes differently.  

Extreme Imagination Conference
Life, Work & Well-being

Our unique imaginative experiences can have broad implications on our life, work and well-being. Explore the impacts of imagery extremes on how we think, learn, create, dream, remember and more!

Keynote Speakers

World Leading Scientists, Creatives and More!

Dr. Adam Zeman
Dr. Adam Zeman

Adam Zeman trained in Medicine at Oxford University Medical School, after a first degree in Philosophy and Psychology. Zeman’s been a consultant neurologist in Edinburgh, from 1996, and a Professor of Neurology at Exeter University Medical School since 2005. Zeman first coined the term ‘aphantasia‘ to describe the lack of a mind’s eye back in 2015. 

Prof Joel Pearson
Prof Joel Pearson

Joel Pearson is the founder and director of Future Minds Lab, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia. Pearson studies the mechanisms and application of mental imagery, amongst other things, using behavioural, human brain imaging and brain stimulation techniques. He’s considered a world leading expert in mental imagery and aphantasia.


Tom Ebeyer is a social entrepreneur and founder of the Aphantasia Network. Tom’s unique vision is helping shape the global conversation around the power of image-free thinking. Tom was among the first 21 reported cases of “congenital aphantasia” mentioned in Zeman’s original paper. His story has been featured in the New York Times, the CBC and BBC Radio.

Fiona MacPherson
Fiona MaCPherson

Fiona Macpherson is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow where she is also Director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience. Her work focuses on the nature of perception, illusion, hallucination and imagination, and she has a special interest in virtual and augmented reality. She has written almost 40 papers on these topics and is also a member of the Eye’s Mind Project, led by Prof Adam Zeman, working on extremes of imagination. 

Dr. Brian Levine
Dr. Brian Levine

Dr. Brian Levine is a Professor of Psychology and Medicine (Neurology) at the University of Toronto. Levine has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and chapters on memory, frontal lobe function, traumatic brain injury, aging, dementia, and rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science and recipient of the 2015 International Neuropsychological Society’s Benton award for mid-career research achievement. He has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CBC radio, USA Today, Psychology Today, Scientific American Mind, Wired, New York Magazine, and Discovery Health.

Dr. Jools Simner
Dr. Jools Simner is a Professor of Neuropsychology, specialising in adults and children with sensory and imagery differences. Her education and career have taken her to the Universities of Oxford, Toronto, Edinburgh and Sussex, and she currently runs the MULTISENSE and SUSSEX IMAGERY labs. Her work focusses on the psychology and neuroscience of special populations including those with aphantasia, synesthesia, misophonia, savantism, objectophilia, and sensory sensitivities. She is the Science Officer for the UK Synaesthesia Association, Director of the ERC-funded SYNTOOLKIT project, and Director of the REAM-funded Misophonia-hub. Her research has been profiled in newspaper, TV and radio reports worldwide, including by the BBC, New York Times, The Guardian, CBC, Psychology Today, Times of India, New Zealand Herald etc. Jools Simner has aphantasia.