We all have photographic memories, it’s justthat some of us don’t have any film. Hey Guys Julia here for DNews. One of my favorite book series as a kid wasabout kid detective Cam Jansen, who by saying â€œclickâ€� could snap a picture in her headand be able to remember the scene like she was looking at a photograph. Just like Cam Jansen, though, photographicmemory seems to be a work of fiction. There’s a limit to the kind of information we cantake it at once. We remember certain details of a scene, but not EVERY detail. Like ifI try to think of the painting of the Girl
with the Pearl Earring, I can kind of rememberwhat her earring looks like, but I couldn’t for the life of me tell you what color hereyes are. Little kids often have something close, though,called eidetic memory. This is when kids can recall an image in extreme detail for a fewminutes after they’ve seen it. But because most people lose this ability as they growup some scientists think it’s an immature version of memory. As kids grow up and learnto read and write and think abstractly, memory becomes more abstract too. Yeah there are some examples of people withREALLY good memory. Stephen Wiltshire comes
about as close as possible to being a humancamera. After just a short helicopter ride, he was able to recreate the skyline of NewYork to almost near accuracy. Of course, he is an artist, so he took some creative liberties.But no serious scientific research confirms his abilities. While that’s just one maybe example, thereare other cases of people will really good memories. Like really good. One famous case,the story of Jill Price who remembers nearly everyday of her life was published in thejournal Neurocase. She remembers everything about her life, down to what shirt she woreto Target to buy groceries on a certain day.
Although her abilities might be the resultof a kind of OCD where she obsesses over memories. Which doesn’t sound all that fun. Another study published in the journal ofNeurobiology of Learning and Memory looked at the brains of eleven participants who mighthave similar memories. Scientists referred to this ability as Highly Superior AutobiographicalMemory (HSAM). While they performed pretty average on some cognitive tests, the researchersfound that their brains were actually unique. They had stronger white matter connections,which could allow information to be transferred more efficiently in the brain.
But the participants didn’t use memory palacesor other tricks. The scientists found that â€œInstead, they appear to have some inherentability to retain and retrieve vast amounts of public and autobiographical events, wellbeyond what one may expect from simple rehearsal.â€� What kind of rehearsal you ask? Well, mindpalaces seem to be the best way to boost your memory. If you’ve ever seen BBC’s SherlockHolmes, you know what this looks like. Pick a scene you’re familiar with like walkingdown your street or walking around your house and put things you want to remember in a certainspot. Like if I wanted to remember pi i could put the 3 on my front door, I could put the.14 on the wall in my foyer. I could put the
15 on my banister I could put the 92 at thetop of stairs. you get the idea, as I mentally walk through my house, I would associate thosenumbers with those locations. A lot of memory champions use this trick. While photographic memory doesn’t seem realand most of us don’t have special memories, thank God because I would really hate to reliveevery embarrassing day of middle school, there are ways to improve your memory. Like themindpalace trick or Trace says to sniff some rosemary or maybe make a fist! No really,check it out in this tutorial here or check out why we forget things at all, check out thistutorial here.