All the Celebs Who Started Off 2024 by Announcing They’re Pregnant

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These stars are starting off 2024 with a bang – or, a bump! From making announcements on social media to surprising all of us on the red carpet, these celebs have announced that they’re pregnant. Will these 2024 infants be the next generation of nepo babies? We’ll check in about that in 2044.

Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan announced her pregnancy via Instagram on January 17th. This is the star’s third child and the second with her fiancé Steve Kazee. The actress posted a clip of her in the tub with her partner playing the guitar for her. The social media post was accompanied by the caption,”Think if I make @stevekazee serenade me every night the baby will get his voice??” We choose to believe that’s how genetics work.

Rose McIver

Rose McIver didn’t make an official announcement about her pregnancy, but she did show off her bump at the Golden Globes on January 7th, making things pretty clear.

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This will be the first child for both the actress and her husband George Byrne.

Emily Miller

Fans of Too Hot to Handle will be thrilled to learn that Emily Miller and Cam Holmes are still going strong! Not only that, but the pair are expecting their first child. Getting a jump start to the 2024 pregnancy announcements, the reality TV stars shared the news on New Year’s Day.

Congratulations to all the expecting parents!

Beyond What We See: Understanding the Complexities of the Human Mind

Does Everyone Have an Imagination?

Imagination is a remarkable human ability that allows us to conjure up vivid mental images and explore new possibilities. It’s an integral part of our lives, influencing our creativity, problem-solving skills, and even our emotions. But have you ever wondered if everyone possesses this power of imagination? Surprisingly, the answer is not a straightforward “yes.”

The Discovery of Aphantasia

In 2003, a man now famously known as MX visited his neurologist with an unusual problem: He had lost his ability to visualize images in his mind’s eye after a heart surgery. This sparked the interest of neurologist Professor Adam Zeman, who discovered that MX’s case was not isolated. Thousands of similar stories poured in from people who were shocked to learn that others could actually “see” things in their mind’s eye. This led to the identification of a condition called aphantasia.

Understanding Aphantasia

Understanding Aphantasia

Aphantasia is the inability to generate mental images. Approximately one in 50 individuals are estimated to have this condition, which can be present from birth or acquired due to injury or illness. People with aphantasia often struggle to grasp the concept of visualizing objects or experiences. Imagine trying to count sheep to fall asleep but not being able to picture fluffy little jumpers. Baa-d, right?

The Spectrum of Aphantasia

The Spectrum of Aphantasia

Aphantasia is not a one-size-fits-all condition. It exists on a spectrum, with variations in the ability to visualize objects, recall memories, or dream images. Interestingly, some individuals with aphantasia excel in spatial imagery and memory recall, despite lacking the ability to visualize. This paradoxical observation has shed light on the complexity of human perception and memory.

Measuring the Mind’s Eye

Scientists had a brainwave and found a way to measure the mind’s eye. They looked into people’s actual eyes, not their metaphorical ones. Turns out, when someone with a vivid mind’s eye thinks of something bright, their pupils constrict. But for aphantasic individuals, this doesn’t happen.

The Pros and Cons of Mind’s Eye

The Pros and Cons of Mind’s Eye

While discovering that one lacks a mind’s eye might initially feel disappointing, aphantasia is not necessarily a disadvantage. In fact, studies have shown that people with aphantasia excel in scientific and mathematical fields. Aphantasic individuals also tend to exhibit resilience in the face of distressing experiences, as they lack the vivid imagery associated with reliving past traumas. Many aphantasic individuals express contentment with their condition, and the consensus is that if there was a pill to gain eternal visualization, they’d probably pass on it.