Virtual Extreme Imagination Conference
Where art and science meet, creativity thrives. Discover extreme imagination.
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.
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.
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!
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
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 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 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
Proceeds donated to Aphantasia ResearchTo directly support research around imagery and its extremes, a portion of the 2021 Extreme Imagination conference proceeds will be used to fund new imagery research projects.
Extreme Imagination Registration
Extreme Imagination is an annual gathering of the world’s foremost thinkers, scientists and creatives challenging long-held beliefs about what it means to imagine and create.
You may have missed the live show, but you can still purchase a ticket and watch all the live stream recordings from the 3-day event. The recordings will be taken down December 31, 2021 and may be distributed in-part for public access.