Can the mind be blind?

May workshop 056_edited-2I wonder how many times you have heard clients or new students to NLP insist that they cannot visualise? Speaking to you as a trainer, I can imagine that you will often have calibrated the “non-visualiser” checking out their unconscious images.


In most cases the individual can learn to become aware of their internal images (assuming they want to), however what if they genuinely do not have the capacity to see mental pictures?


Recently I read an article exploring this phenomenon as viewed by current academic research. It began by reviewing a number of subjective experiments that relied on self-report including a validated questionnaire (The Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire). According to studies using this questionnaire just 2 to 3% of the population report that they are completely image free.


Of more interest to me was the more objective research using MRIs to track what part of the brain lights up during visualisation as compared to viewing external faces, scenes etc. People who were deemed to be unable to create internal mental images were asked to look at a number of pictures. The scan recorded what parts of the brain lit up and then compared this to what was seen when the subjects attempted to create internal pictures. The visual circuitry in the brain that lit up with the first phase was silent when the subject was asked to picture the image in their mind’s eye.


Stephen  Kosslyn, a neuroscientist at  Minerva Schools, San Francisco asserts that there is more than one way visual imagery can be constructed in the brain and this is why many “mind blind” people can function well on tasks that might be based on visualisation. His research based on working with stroke patients suggests that where visual circuitry is damaged functioning can piggy back off of other senses e.g. kinaesthetic.


The article provided some stimulating puzzles for me. I wonder if an NLP trained scientist or academic would observe additional clues and could perhaps broaden the research. What do you think?


For access to the original article in New Scientist and to try out some tests connected for yourself go to


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