Think of an Apple In Your Head meme / Apple Visualization Exercise.

Think of an Apple In Your Head / Apple Visualization Exercise

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Think of an Apple In Your Head or the Apple Visualization Exercise is a mental visualization exercise that can reveal if someone has aphantasia, defined as the inability to create mental images. The exercise asks participants to picture an apple in their head and share what they see. It went viral on Twitter in 2020 and again in early 2023, inspiring reactions and memes about visualizing apples.

Origin

On May 4th, 2016, The Neurocritic Blogspot[1] blog published an article about aphantasia, the inability to visualize things in your head, writing, "When you hear the word 'apple,' do you picture a Red Delicious apple or a green Granny Smith? Or neither, because you can't conjure up a visual image of an apple (or of anything else, for that matter)?" On August 13th, 2019, a Redditor posted a visualization exercise to /r/Aphantasia[2] asking users to imagine a ball on a table and describe what they see, garnering over 3,100 upvotes in four years.

On February 6th, 2020, Twitter[3] user @softvoid posted a drawing of five different heads, four with apples inside of them at various stages of clarity, the first apple is completely clear, the fourth a basic outline of an apple and the fifth head completely empty. The user writes, "This is still blowing my mind lol Close your eyes and imagine an apple. What do you see? I'm a 5," garnering over 55,100 likes and 9,600 retweets in three years and inspired viral discussions about aphantasia and the "apple test," including inspiring articles by Junkee[4] and MindBodyGreen.[5]


Mary @softvoid This is still blowing my mind lol Close your eyes and imagine an apple. What do you see? I'm a 5 1 2 3 4 9:42 PM. Feb 6, 2020 2009 ... 5

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On February 3rd, 2023, Twitter[6] user @stinkykatie posted the same apple visualization chart, writing, "if you close your eyes and try to picture a red apple, which one do you see? I see number 1 in full color, as vivid and detailed as a 4k video," garnering over 18,400 likes and 14,000 quote-tweets in a week. The tweet inspired genuine replies as well as memes. For example, on that day, Twitter[7] user @Jason00688106 commented a mannequin pointing meme under the post, garnering over 36,000 likes in a week (shown below).


5 this mf can't conjure an apple 9000 2 3

Later that day, Twitter[8] user @_glocks quote-tweeted a meme to the post, garnering over 23,000 likes in a week (shown below).


On February 4th, Twitter[9] user @pk_kenzie posted a meme that garnered over 15,000 likes in six days (shown below, left). On February 6th, Twitter[10] user @WassNonnam posted a Wojak meme referencing the test, garnering over 93,000 likes in four days (shown below, right).


kenzie @pk_kenzie im srry but i literally do not care abt the apple in ur head unless its this N 10:06 PM - Feb 4, 2023 227.5K Views ... 0⁰ 0⁰ (7)

On February 10th, 2023, Twitter[11] artist @keithjohnstack posted a Leslie and Brianne comic about the test, garnering over 2,000 likes in under 24 hours (shown below).


Various Examples


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External References

[1] Blogspot – neurocritic

[2] Reddit – aphantasia

[3] Twitter – softvoid

[4] Junkee – Turns Out Not Everyone Can Picture Things In Their Mind And Sorry What

[5] MindBodyGreen – What The Research Says About Aphantasia.

[6] Twitter – stinkykatie

[7] Twitter – Jason00688106

[8] Twitter – _glocks

[9] Twitter – pk_kenzie

[10] Twitter – WassNonnam

[11] Twitter – keithjohnstack

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