Have been looking for this term for a long time! As a kid, I always wondered what everyone was doing when they were 'visualizing' with their eyes closed — I'd just see my eyelids, and then look around at people like they're indoctrinated into some cult. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-47830256 …
Catmull's imagination distinction is helpful. When I design something, I have near-instant bursts that describe complex UI interactions or architectures, but as if they're functioning within a dark room. I can't see them, but I now know what feeling to expect in visual discovery.
Another interesting take on this that really drives home the point of neural diversity, with each 'human experience' being fundamentally unique. "That begs the question: What if we’ve been different our whole lives and didn’t even know it?" https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/18/aphantasia-or-mind-blindness-christina-farr-describes-her-experience.html …
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