By: April Carson
The term "photographic memory" is most often used to describe eidetic imagery in the scientific literature. The ability to remember exactly what was shown on the screen, or pages in front of us for hours after quickly scanning them is thought by some scientists and psychologists as being rare.
One study found people who possess this skill tend not only be better at remembering events but also find it easier than average when tested under pressure like exams because their eidetic memories allow more time between reviews before needing another sharp reminder from something they've seen before.
The brain is of course the most important part of this skill and those who posses it appear to have an area of the brain similar to the "super" memory also known as 'savants' that can recall various facts and figures. The ability to remember conversations exactly and recall them later verbatim has only been tested on a small sample of people so far, but with this research underway more is sure to come.
A small portion of children and a smaller number of adults have this unusual talent, according to preliminary testing. This enables them to keep viewing an image in great detail for a short time after it has been removed. Do you think you possess this skill?
Eidetic Memory -
Eidetic memory, the ability to capture images in one's mind and hold onto them for several seconds or minutes without forgetting what was seen. The theory behind this phenomenon is thought to occur only a small percentage of children but even so it isn't conclusive as there may be many variables involved such as intelligence level and education level that haven't been taken into account.
Eidetikers are people who have well-honed eidetic memories - they can continue seeing an image after being shown just once vividly enough for them retain its form intact on their minds eye They often use repetition when learning things because everything will become clearer if you repeat something more than once.
People with eidetic memories are often thought to be only children, but this is not the case. However, they usually do seem to be able to recall their own childhood events with far greater clarity than adults could possibly remember.
Eidetic vs. Photographic Memory -
Eidetic memories are rare and difficult to test, but there is some scientific evidence that they exist. People with eidetikers report being able to remember visual details for very long periods without any alterations in clarity or accuracy - just as if it was stored physically inside their head instead of mentally through memory associations between what's seen/remembered at different times.
A lot about photographic recall has yet be understood scientifically; however research shows how strengthening certain parts of our brain can help us better retain information we've already learned.
So, how can you tell if you have a photographic memory? The truth is that there isn't one sure-fire way to tell, but we've listed some common traits below:
#1 If you can already remember days and dates in your head, you might have photographic memory.
#2 People with poor short-term memory sometimes also suffer from eidetic memory, so if you find yourself losing things and forgetting people's names, this may be why.
#3 People with photographic memory tend to perform well at school and in various careers.
Improving Your Memory -
No matter what your level of ability or experience, we can all learn how to improve our memory and brain function. You can try a few exercises to strengthen your memory like Aerobic exercise and playing brain-training games. Keeping your mind active is the most effective technique to improve your memory.
Although science has yet to verify the existence of real photographic memory, some youngsters seem to have a form of eidetic memory recall called photographic memory. However, this hasn't been confirmed.
While it's difficult to teach your brain to have photographic memory, you may enhance your memory by utilizing mnemonics and other learning methods. Simple activities like sleep and exercise also aid in the improvement of memory.