Photographic Memory; Good Memory; Myth vs Reality

Photographic Memory and Good Memory

Does photographic memory actually exist or do individuals only have good memory? That question has been around for years. Some people believe they do have that super memory, but most experts say photographic memory does not exist. To exist, a person would have the ability to recall everything from a lifetime. Some people do have certain kinds of memory where they recall much information, usually from a brain malfunction.You will find the answers to these questions fascinating, as they appear in this article.

Basketball Court with Notation About Lebron James good memory.
Basketball Court with Notation About Lebron James good memory.

Photographic Memory Defined

Photographic memory is defined as ability to remember things exactly: the ability to recall information, especially visual images, with great accuracy and clarity. It is like having a camera and recording instrument in use all the time. According to photographic memory.org, less than 5% of children are born with this ability and most lose it as they mature. Exforys.com states that photographic memory is so rare that some people do not believe it exists. This site also states that children usually lose that ability, as they grow older. "Lots of people claim to have a photographic memory, but nobody actually does. Nobody," states Slate magazine. William Lee Adams in "Psychology Today" states that "mounting evidence indicates that it is impossible to recall images with near perfect accuracy." The article also indicates that if humans remembered every image, it would be difficult for them to make it through the day. This apparently refers to brain overload,

Relationship of Brain to Memory

Andrea Goldstein of Bryn Mawr College explains the relationship of the brain to memory. She states that memory is stored briefly in sensory memory as an image. It only progresses further into long-term memory with development. She believes that some people may have specific wiring in their brains to enable further development. This is only a theory. It may also be that the children born with photographic memory do not entirely lose it if developed further by parents, environment, or schooling..

Case Study

Case study 1. Mr. B is a college graduate, beginning medical school. He has received A grades throughout his entire life. In the younger grades, he never had to study, as he remembered everything he heard in class or read in books. When he reached college, and had to read and remember multitudes of knowledge, he read over notes and books. Then he remembered it in his brain for the test by visualizing his notes or page in textbook. He remembers information about sports from hearing and watching television. He quickly figures out mechanical tasks such as a complex DVR. This young student claims to rid his brain of bad memories or images by only remembering events that he can control. He conversed easily with adults at age 2, and memories of these events remain vivid. His mother read and sang to him before birth and spent hours working on his development after his birth. She actually took on the role of teacher until he started school. This young man appears to have a photographic memory, not just a good memory.

Note: This young man went to medical school where he could never have remembered all the information from his classes. He did, however, receive all As and scored in the top 10 percent on his board exams.

Some People Have Larger Lobes

Small or Large Brain Sections
Small or Large Brain Sections

Picturesque Photo of Brain

Good memory or photographic memory
Good memory or photographic memory | Source
Marilu Henner
Marilu Henner | Source
Marilu Henner's brain is somewhat different.
Marilu Henner's brain is somewhat different. | Source

Marilu Henner - What a Brain

Autobiographical Memory - An Amazing Story

In December 2010, Lesley Stahl from Sixty Minutes interviewed several people who possess superior autobiographical memory, one of whom was Marilu Henner, the actress. She remembers the incidents of every day since age 11. She reads her lines and possesses total recall. An MRI of her brain shows she has a larger temporal lobe and caudate nucleus, a region deep in the brain, also found in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder. She appears to have photographic memory, but physicians call it Hyperthymesia. Others who have a brain disorder may have a type of photographic memory as seen in Kim Peek pictured in video.

Wizard LeBron James

An athletic wizard also has almost an eidetic memory - LeBron James of the Miami and Cleveland NBA basketball teams.. He remembers plays from many weeks, months, and even years ago. Once he even commented on a coach and his attire in a game, compared to many years ago. When anyone mentions an old game, he immediately remembers teams. scores, and even plays. By remembering plays, he can compete well against other teams. His memory is similar to Marilu Henner and Rain Man. He also comments it can be a curse, as he remembers the bad with the good.

LeBron James also plays video games and remembers what opponents' plays have been in current and previous games. If anyone bets against him, that person probably does not have a chance. Many folks have no awareness of the skills of some of these super intelligent people. This star has a high school education and went directly to the NBA, so you can see that his brain is loaded with the neurons for high intelligence.

LeBron James

Basketball star LeBron James in Younger Days
Basketball star LeBron James in Younger Days | Source

Kim Peek

Photo of Kim Peek whose story inspired the movie "Rain Man"
Photo of Kim Peek whose story inspired the movie "Rain Man" | Source

Autism and Photographic Memory

Individuals with disabilities of the brain sometimes develop something similar to photographic memory, because the malfunction allows parts of the brain to be different, allowing recall of an enormous amount of memory. Individuals with autism are very good at recall, especially with numbers. A young man with savant autism took a helicopter tour and drew a panoramic view of exactly what he saw with very few errors. Autism, according to the American Psychiatric Association is a deficiency in language development, social skills, and behavioral repetition Savant autism refers to an autistic person with great skill in certain areas, resembling a photographic memory. An important example of savant autism appears in a movie.

Remember the movie Rain Man. This movie was loosely woven around the autistic savant Kim Peek who appeared to have a photographic memory. He could remember every book and author in a library, quoted an extensive amount of sports trivia, details about every war, complex driving instructions, birth dates of people he met, and information about movies, geography, and the space program. Dustin Hoffman played his role in the movie and had the pleasure of meeting this savant man who, unfortunately, died at the age of 58 of a heart attack. When Dustin Hoffman accepted the Oscar for the movie, he thanked Kim Peek, bestowing great praise for him and his abilities.

Conclusion

Therefore, the mystery of life is unanswered. It appears that some people believe they have photographic memory, but good sources say that no one can remember everything. The answer may be that some do have good memory but no one has perfect photographic memory. Someday, with further studies of the brain, the answer may be clear and definite. Some individuals who believe they have photographic memory may one day be reassured that their memory is photographic, and science will advance one more step out of the realm of the unknown. However, it does not seem likely that a person can remember everything without the brain becoming overloaded. Marilu Henner comes close..

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Brain - Photographic Memory or Good Memory

Brain cross-section
Brain cross-section | Source

Lost in Memory by the Sea

A pleasant place to meditate and think. If he thinks intensely into long term memory, he might recall information, if he has a good memory.
A pleasant place to meditate and think. If he thinks intensely into long term memory, he might recall information, if he has a good memory. | Source

Case Studies

Case study 2.Miss. O believes she has a photographic memory, not just a good memory, as she remembers what she sees and hears. She also remembers events from childhood. In college, she reads voluminous books and notes. always remembering what she reads or hears. However, her brain contains so much information that she feels she may explode, resulting in the need to take frequent breaks. She also believes she may have a malfunction in memory between short and long-term memory.

Case study 3. Miss C believes that she has photographic episodes. She can remember what she reads and can see the words on the page in her brain. In addition, she recalls experiences with pictures, sounds, and smells, but not all experiences.

Case study 4. Mrs C believes that she has a photographic memory, and remembers episodes back to her early childhood. Recalling conversations among her mother and other adults are part of her memory. She remembers what she reads and hears, excelling in college due to these skills. Remembering telephone numbers and the faces of people she has met many years ago are very easy for her. She remembers being like a telephone book at work and being able to assist co-workers with this sharp skill.


These examples of people who believe they have some type of photographic memory gives us a look into their brains.. Two individuals believe they have photographic memory with the third believing in episodes of photographic memory. This gives an excellent picture of people and their ideas about good memory and photographic memory.


A sincere thank you goes out to those individuals from Hubpages and others who volunteered information about their memories for the case studies.

copyright 2011

Audrey Selig


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Great hub with lots of useful information. Being one of those people who has been blessed (or cursed, depending upon how you look at it), with an incredibly accurate memory, (I can recall with very vivid detail, events both significant and seemingly insignificant, going all the way back to just before my second birthday) I have often wondered about what the causes or reasons for it might be. I have also wondered about it running in families, as I have a sister two years younger, who claims to be unable to remember even the larger events of our childhood..Thanks for a very insightful read...


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks so much for reading my hub and for your nice comments. I too have an excellent memory along with one other person in my family. That is what interested me in writing the hub. I loved gathering information, and I am glad it helped you. That is interesting about you and your sister. It makes you think. You seem to have insight. I will look for your hubs.


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outlawsphinx 5 years ago from Northern Indiana

beautiful article! I love looking at pictures of the brain. It is so beautiful to me! You gave a lot of great information. Voting up!


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi - I am glad you liked my hub. I know that you helped me. I love your name and wondered how you picked it. I think it is great that the brain is beautiful to you. That thought gave me a new outlook. I can't wait to read more of your articles.


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outlawsphinx 5 years ago from Northern Indiana

Its really kind of silly how I got my name. I am completely in love with Egypt and Egyptian things..even once thought to study Egyptology before the Mummy created a craze for it. Thus, Sphinx. The outlaw part I picked up from the anime series outlaw star. I thought the two sounded cool together and being Sphinx-like as in mysterious appealed to my vanity.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

This is very interesting and I think I'll have to come back. I found teh case studies of interest, many thanks for writing this hub.


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Such interesting facts and information you have pulled together here on this topic! True, a memory that is fully photographic would remember EVERYTHING. How overwhelming that would be!


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KidsPartyFavors 5 years ago

This is a good hub!


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Rebecca - Thanks for reading part of my hub. I was concernced that it was too long and I should have broken it up more. I hope you come back to read the rest. I learned a lot from my research for this hub. I will look for your hubs. Thanks.


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Ms Dee You are right about remembering everything. It would put your brain on real overload. I have a good memory, but sometimes it feels overloaded. I know our brains can maintain a lot of thoughts. It is interesting. I am so glad you read and enjoyed my hub. Thanks.


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi party favors. Glad you enjoyed my hub I sure enjoyed writing about the brain and memory. I will look for your hubs. Happy writing.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

This was very interesting. I remember the Rain Man, and about Dustin Hoffman getting to meet him.

I used to have very good memory, but it has gotten away from me as I've aged....time was, you could read me any phone number out of my address book, and I could tell you whose it was. Now, we've become so dependent upon our computers, cell phones, PDA's and other things to remember for us, that our brains are turning to mush!

The brain photo done in those hues accentuates a feature that I'll bet many don't notice: look at the center--it is almost a perfect reproduction image of the frontal view of the skull!

Voted up & useful!


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you Lizzy for the nice comments about the hub. I don't even remember about Dustin Hoffman meeting Rain Man. Now I will never forget it. You are right about our memories and our dependence on technology. Our brains have suffered. I use to have a good memory, but how it fades over the years. I'm glad you pointed out the skull in the brain picture. Now I see it. Our brains are phenonomal. I will look for your hubs. You make excellent comments.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

A fascinating article!

I find 'memory' extremely interesting.

I now find that I keep forgetting things, which is very frustrating, since I always had a good memory.

I can remember some events going right back to when I was just a baby. I fell out of my pram, trying to reach the handle, when I was 4 months old ~ and I can still see that pram handle in my mind's eye! And remember everything going up in the air!

When I was 11, we had a test in school, where we had to remember a piece of writing and answer questions on it. I remember going home and amazing my Dad by saying that it wasn't hard, because I just summoned up the page in my mind and read the relevant parts, before answering the questions. My Dad told me, then, that I had a photographic memory.

The only other time that I recall anything like this happening to me was after my German O' level exam. I had a feeling, on the way home, that I had written something wrong. Suddenly the answer paper came into my mind and I was able to read the first few lines ~ and identify my error.

My cousin, who sadly died recently, remembered being swaddled as a baby and trying to shrug the tight blankets off.

My Mum remembers perfectly her stay in hospital when she was 3.

Unfortunately, my eldest son has not inherited this memory, and can barely remember anything from childhood ~ which I find really sad.


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi - I love all your comments about memory, as I think it is fascinating. the only problem I have is forgetting the bad things. I work on that issue every day. I have a good memory, but now can forget all the unimportant things. Isn't it great to sit and remember the things from the past. It is like a miracle. I wish your oldest son had a better memory about the past. One of my relatives is like you in that he can see pages of text when he has a test. I would love to be in a support group and talk about memory. Wouldn't that be fun? I will look for your bubs. Thanks again.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Thank you, Brakel2 :)


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

You are welcome Trish. Good luck with your writing.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is a very interesting hub and full of great information about the different types of memory. I enjoyed it very much.


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks Pamela. I am glad you read this hub. I have always been interested in the subject as a relative has an outstanding memory and my memory is pretty good. Isn't it a fascinating subject I have started reading one of your hubs on autoimmune diseases. It is very comprehensive and interesting


fashion 5 years ago

Great article.Really it is interesting.I have poor memory, what to do?


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

If you have poor memory, you have to write important info in a journal. You can also take brain tests on computer that help memory. Thanks for reading my hub. Photo memory is amazing as is memory itself.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is a fascinating subject. I remember the movie "Rainman" and also saw a piece on that savant who flew over a city in a helicopter and with momentary vision of the buildings, etc. recreated a drawing of the city with exactitude that was amazing. Voted up and interesting!


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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you for reading my favorite hub. How great that you can connect with parts of the article. Memory is such an interesting subject. You are right about Rainman I am sure you love that story I will look for your hubs. You sound like a caring person. Happy writing.


ghg 4 years ago

good


sam 4 years ago

i have a really good memory and i read this article in 20 seconds it was packed with information and i wont loose my memory because i train my brain everyday i don't tell anyone i have a great memory and don't really focus much but i still remember but if i really don't need the memory i forget it at will its kind of cool but being smart makes teachers compare you to other students and treat you like you are special wich i don't like so i don't really tell anybody with my memory.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks ghg for reading my article. I hope you enjoyed it. Glad you came to HubPages.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Sam. I am glad you have a good memory and you can read quickly. Thanks for visiting HubPages and finding my hub I hope you enjoyed the site. Good luck in your endeavors.


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Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

Very interesting and well structured hub. Voted up, interesting, useful and sharing :)


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you Chris for reading my hub and for the accolades. I see you are in psychology, which was one of my majors. Memory is a favorite subject, which resulted in research for this topic. Best of luck in your career and writing.


Starmom41 4 years ago

@brakel2: this is a very interesting hub!

I hope you don't mind a question: quite a few years ago, I briefly skimmed a book I'd found- unfortunately, I didn't notice the title or author. There was an illustration of a wheatfield, & what little I read was more about "time" than "memory," although it was connected. Any chance you might know what the book is?

Reason I ask: no one has ever been able to explain this in a way I can understand- how for some people, their entire lifespan thusfar is as "present" as the present day.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

This is a fascinating hub and an intriguing topic. One of the case studies reminded me of someone I knew (now deceased) who could recall every address and phone number (including work numbers and extensions) he'd ever had in his life, and he remembered them in his late sixties. He also had recall of numerous incidents that occurred in his life--some important, but some trivial, yet he remembered minute details up to 40-plus years later. It may not be "photographic", but it's better memory than I've ever had, even when young.

Voted up and interesting. Jaye


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Jaye - I was so glad to find your article. Now thanks for reading my favorite article and commenting. I spent hours of research due to my great interest in the subject. It is fascinating how some people have fantastic memories. Some people in my family are good with memory. I would like to study further info on the brain out of interest. I will read more or your short stories. Thanks for stopping by.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

@starmom Thanks for reading my hub. I wish I could resolve the issue of the book you can't recall. I do have a good memory, but sometimes I wish I could forget some things that clutter my mind. I love the subject of photographic memory, and do hope you enjoyed examples of folks with great memories. I don't understand it either, just like you, especially the people who can remember all the events in their lives. Their brains have special wiring, they say, and some portions of their brains are larger than normal. Thanks for stopping by. I will check out your hubs.


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Tusitala Tom 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Tremendous article! Excellent! Yes, I've also met a fellow who you could ask if he could remember a telephone number of a person or company he'd had dealings with weeks, months or years before and within a few seconds hesitation he could tell you. Also, a chap who could scan half-a-dozen typewritten sheets of paper and tell you what they were all about even though he'd only glanced at each page for a second or so.

Of course, as you probably realize, we never forget anything, even things we had no intention of even noticing let alone remembering. Recressive hypnosis reveals this. It's a pity that when we get to a certain age our recall slows - sometimes to our embarrassment. However, sure enough, the name will pop up later...sometimes days later. It was there all the time.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Tom- Thank you for your great comments on my article. You are correct in all your remarks about how much we remember, even though it may come back to us later. It amazes me as we get older we tend to remember the important things but that just as we forget a name we haven't heard for awhile, it pops back into our brain. I love all the stories that people have told about photographic memory. It is great to hear from people from Australia, the beautiful country, where I would love to visit. I will look for your profile and hubs and good luck with your writing.


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NotPC 3 years ago

Very interesting! You have made me jealous! I unfortunately have a memory that parallels that of a gold fish. Wait what was I talking about again?


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

You are so funny. I like seeing who you really are. Thanks for the read and nice comments. It's fun being in the author group with you. I can't wait to read one of your hubs. I see you all the time in forums.


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Asp52 3 years ago from England

Wow- Awesome hub on a subject that is really interesting. I am able to recall a lot of memories but I would never call it photographic. I am also able to recall memories and images from when I was a toddler which I am told is very rare. It does make you wonder how much memory the human brain can hold. Maybe the human brain can store memories or images which the personality finds interesting. I look forward to reading more in the future, thanks for such a good hub.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you for the kind comments asp and for reading my hub. I loved writing about the brain, as it fascinates me. I want to keep finding out more about it. It is amazing that you remember things when you were a toddler. That is rare, I don't remember anything about that part of my life. It is also amazing that if you have not heard someone's name for a while, you cannot remember it. Suddenly later it pops into your mind. I think you may be right about interesting events stick in your brain. I remember a lot about my kids' dates, while they don't have any idea what I am talking about. I will find one of your hubs and read. Good luck with your writing.


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Fastian 3 years ago

Did you mean "December 2011" under Autobiographical Memory?

I really used to thing about it but I didn't know the name photographic memory nor did I care to search for it. I read about it for the first time & it's great. Thanks for the information.


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ajwrites57 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

brakel2 I had seen your posted on Google+, but i fogot to read it! Anyway, excellent article about an astounding phenomena! I have a very good memory when it comes to events, people, books I've read. When it comes to numbers and mathematics, I don't find it easy to remember. I say this to make the point that I think there are aspects to memory that predispose people to remember different things. I've known people, that if they don't have a photogenic memory, they have the next best thing. Thanks for an interesting Hub!


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

I love to hear about peoples' memories. I do not remember much about numbers math like you. You are lucky to have a good memory for books, events and people. Isn't the brain fascinating? Thank you for reading my hub and for the interest and comments. It would be nice to discuss memory. See you on Google. I will read a hub.


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ajwrites57 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thanks so much! We take the brain, as well as the rest of our body, for granted and not like the miracle it is!


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Ry4n6 3 years ago from Cheshire, England

I think my memory is getting worse by the day ha ha. Thanks for sharing this great Hub.:)


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks again for comment. The brain is wonderful.


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dmvjane 3 years ago from Philippines

I like this hub! For me, along with genetic factors, our brains can be trained to become good or even excellent at remembering things.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Jane Our brains amaze us by their abilities. Thanks for reading my hub and for your comments and interest in the brain. I also have interest in studying the brain and all it's power. You are right that it is genetics and then training and working on memory. The foods we eat can also help brain health. Stop by again and happy writing.


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amandajoyshapiro 3 years ago

Thanks for better defining photographic memory and certain case studies. For me, it's like seeing the past imposed over what I really see; like how you can watch a faded movie while typing a text on the same iPhone screen. Or, it's sometimes like a Roledex of images. I am able to remember what things say in textbooks because I can "see" what the page looked like. The only other skill that's just as strange is the ability to lucid dream, especially rewinding the image to start the dream over.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Amanda. Thanks for reading my hub and for your fascination with the brain. It is interesting how and what people remember. Some people in my article have fantastic memories. Didn't you love "Rain Man"? I don't know if I had any lucid dreams, but the idea interests me. I will find a hub, as I love your profile.


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superfly47 3 years ago from Canada

I wonder what are some jobs where having a photographic memory is extremely useful?


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ShaydeShaffer 3 years ago from Morrisville, VT

Thank you for posting this! I have never thought of photographic memory much because I have never come into contact with it; therefore never really questioned it's existence. I majored in psychology and minored in biology, and this idea never once came up, I think I will have to ask my professor about it to see what his opinion on the subject matter is. I'd just like to thank you for bringing this to light!


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Superfly In my hub , case study 1 is in Med School. They sure need good memories. One of the characters is an actress. You will see in one of comments that a great memory can be a bad thing if you are someone who obsesses on the bad memories. I would prefer a mediocre memory, but we take what we get. You brought up a good question. Thanks for the read.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Shade Another psych major like me!!! Thanks for reading and commenting on an interesting subject.. You should talk to your professor, as he can help you further. I'm glad you have such interest. Good luck. Thank you for visiting my hub, and stop by again. You are welcome for your thanks about posting this hub.


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cre8ivOne 3 years ago from Midwest, USA

Interesting indeed!


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you Cre for the read. Hope you enjoyed it and will stop by again.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

That was incredibly interesting! Thank you for sharing your research with us. It is fascinating how different people recall memories, and how the brain works.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Kathryn. Thanks for reading my hub and enjoying my research. Isn't it fun hearing about peoples' memories? Then you can compare yourself to others. I like to study the brain, as it is a unique part of our body, controlling everything. I read one of your hubs but still must comment. I enjoyed the read.


Dizzy rossco 3 years ago

My memory is rather weak, however I am not disheartened by it's stubborn or lazy processing power. Nope, I live for the moment. Saying that though. I do hope that one day science will allow us to hook our heads up to a computer and we will be able to visually search our memory's on the monitor! Liked your hub


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks Dizzy for reading my hub and for your nice comments. I love it that you wish we could hook our heads to a computer and search our memory. I can picture it, and need someone on the site to draw it. We do have some artists in our midst. Don't worry about your memory. Do crossword puzzles or play the brain game Lumosity. Your weak memory can become stronger. Good luck and stop by the site again.


DVD Cloner Platinum 3 years ago

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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you for your comment, DVD cloner, that my article is helpful. I am sorry that you did not find it as descriptive as you would like. I appreciate your honesty. The brain is very complicated. We never do like everything we read, and so we go on to something else. If there was a way I could make it more descriptive, I certainly would do so. Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub, anyway. I appreciate all opinions.


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molometer 3 years ago

Fascinating article with interesting research and concepts.

These memory feats are truly remarkable and amazing.


Eirini Fanourakis 3 years ago

I belive I have a special memory. I never forget a movie that has assisted. The movie can be old or new, soap opera, documentary, internet, any kind of video. I can identify with just one scene and in seconds. I remember the story, the personages and sometimes even the speaks. I can say the next scenes and if the movie is in the beginning, middle or end. I remember all the details, clothing, scenery, everything.

People are always surprised with this, however I never understand how to use it.

I would like to know if I am able to be volunteer in any kind of study about memory.

Im 37yo. I born in Greece and I was raised in Brazil. Now, I´m living in Melbourne/AUS


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

What a great memory. I don't know about any volunteer groups in Australia. It is so exciting to have a good memory. Do you have a good memory for remembering the past, people's names, and events? There is a brain game on the computer called Lumosity that shows how good you are at recall. You might go on that site, and see how well you do. Maybe you will do very well on this site. I am so glad you visited us and learned information. Do stop by again and thumbs up for good memory.


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Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

Interesting hub. What do you think of the reports that certain leaders of the past, famous and infamous, had outstanding memories? Fidel Castro is supposed to have a so-called photographic memory, as was John F. Kennedy, who could digest vast amounts of the written word at a very high speed. Yassar Arafat, the ex-PLO leader, was supposed to be able to remember the face and name of every human being he ever met, which certainly helped his political popularity. Is there a correlation between success in life and an outstanding memory?


Ben Blackwell 3 years ago

I have been interested in this kind of thing for a while. I have read that humans can retain up to 35 petabytes of information. I wonder how much of it a person with a photographic memory would take up. Probably still not all of it in one lifetime.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Mel - I have heard that certain leaders have excellent memories. I think even Bill Clinton has a fantastic memory. If the leaders are highly intelligent, that attribute could also include memory. Some parents can teach children information at an early age so that they retain a good memory. I think the correlation is between intelligence and memory. Many successful men are also intelligent. so there is a relationship among these various factors. Thank you so much for reading my hub and for delving further into some issues. Stop by again, and take care.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

I believed that I had a photographic memory for years and years...until about age 40. I used to tell people that if I said

"I don't remember I was being untruthful.' Then life happened and now I have an ok memory but it is nothing like it used to be. Just a quick question..is that 2110 or 2010...where you speak of Marilu Henner.. I thought at first you may have been sharing something from the future.

Interesting read. Angels are on the way ps


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Ben - People with good memories fire up their brain to remember information. It seems like I remember more things from keeping my mind sharp with writing. I don't know what pedabytes are, but I will sure look it up. Kim Peek in this article could remember so many unbelievable things. I remember many things, but if I get stressed. it is more difficult. I sure appreciate your reading my hub and presenting even more information. Wish those of us whom the brain fascinates could get together. Stop by again.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi pstraubie - I had to laugh about my reading into the future. I did have a future date re Marailu Henner. I am still in the present. Thank you for reading my hub and commenting. I think you are right that as we get older our super memory becomes a little less super. However, I believe that writing can keep our brains pretty sharp. My memory is still good, unless I get stressed and go into brain overload. I try real hard to avoid that by being calm and doing meditation. I hope that angels are on the way. We need then. You have a great sense of humor. Stop by again.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Michael. Thanks for reading my hub. Stop by again


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Oh, what a fascinating overview of this fascinating subject!! Thank you, brakel2!

Seems many of us reading it tend to consider whether or not ours may be such a memory. I'm aware that I have a very good memory, especially visual, but also auditory and olfactory! I vividly remember smells. I wonder if there's any kinship between photographic memory and something else I routinely do, which is to picture something needed to proceed with a project, sometimes only generally, such as a size or shape of an object which would fit and work, and then go almost directly to finding such a thing. Or is that just 'normal'? ;-)

Anyway, it is a wonderful hub, which I've read with keen interest and attention. I was quite interested in Marilu Henner's possibly photographic memory. She is so beautiful, too. Among my favorite romantic movies is one starring her and Daniel Massey (Raymond Massey's son) in "Love With A Perfect Stranger". As I mention it, I can remember it almost from beginning to end.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Nellianna - Thank you for reading my hub and for your positive comments. The subject fascinates me, and the workings of the brain make me more eager to learn. Everyone who reads this article begins to think of their own brains. It sounds as if you have a very good memory. Your thinking about sizes and shapes and directly finding them sounds like many who see the pages they studied when time to take a test. I have a good memory unless I am on overload. It is fun to think you forgot a name, and in a few minutes it comes to you. You fire up the brain, and it responds.

Marilu Henner is another subject. Her memory is so remarkable and her brain patterns are different from others. I never saw the movie you mentioned but looked it up. Now I want to see it, as it sounds like a classic with outstanding reviews. The movies of today hold little interest for me with all the violence. I am so happy you told me about that movie, so I can try to find it and watch it.

I am so glad you visited my hub, and I plan to go to other hubs penned by you, as they are so inspirational. I pinned the hub I read, and it stands out on my board. Blessings and good luck with your writing and artistry. I finally met you. Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is going on my list of favorite hubs to be re-read again and again. How inspiring both your written words and the video of Kim are. I can't thank you enough. Voted up and across (not funny) and sharing. Just marvelous in every way ~ Audrey


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Audrey You are such a wonderful, gracious person. When you like something, you know how to say it. Your words are like sunshine from the sky and the smell of fresh flowers. Also, happy birthday to you. I loved writing about photographic memory, as I have a grandson who has a fantastic memory. I wanted to learn all I could about the brain and memory. Marilu Henner amazes me every time I see her. Along with her memory, she seems to be ageless. I love so many of your hubs and have enjoyed pinning them.. I need to go by your profile to make sure I keep up with you. Blessings. From Audrey


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a fantastic informative hub. I will share this on Facebook and twitter it's go good. I remember things trough imagery, but that might be due to my dyslexia. Rated awesome!


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jtrader 2 years ago

Interesting read. I think we can train ourselves to improve all aspects of memory, including the visual ones.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Hi Audrey, Good subject matter here. I never thought much about the photographic memory that I've always had and still have until I read your article. I think it is a gift from God. I could recall numbers that were important to me. I could remember events, people and much more. Also, precious memories are like treasured paradises. Thank you and God bless!


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Nadine - Thanks for visiting my hub. It is so sweet of you to do all that sharing. I love the subject of memory and how the brain works. So many people have commented on their own memories that give the topic more life. I also remember happenings through imagery, and I use guided imagery for relaxation from tapes on my iPhone. I am so glad you stopped by and I will visit you soon. Good luck with your dyslexia. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi jtrader You are probably right that we can train ourselves to improve memory. If we remain relaxed and do not overload the brain, our memory can stay sharper. The computer also has games for improving memory. Concentration can also help by making mental notes of where we place items to find them more easily. Sometimes our lives are so fast, it is no wonder we forget information. Thanks for the visit, and I will be by soon. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi word55 I am happy about your good memory, and you must be proud. It is such fun to remember so many happenings in the past; hopefully not too many bad memories. It probably is a gift from God, along with your own abilities from your environmental experiences. Thank you so much for stopping by and for such nice comments. I like to visit profiles, and I visited yours and will be by again. Blessings, Audrey


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tsmog 21 months ago from Escondido, CA

Fantastic article. Thank you for sharing. Very informative ringing some bells. I don't think I have a photographic memory totally. I experienced amnesia 1978 both retrograde ( years) and anterograde (weeks) after an auto collision. My dad stayed up with me for nights going through two boxes of family photos. Today I can recall those photos relating them to family experiences and a timeline, however I cannot remember the experiences especially associated emotions.

When the family discusses memories of this or that they smile or frown more readily. Me . . . my ears perk up while really paying attention. I love reliving their pasts and trying to figure out where I was at . . . since I am seeing it through the eye of a photographer in a sense and not with them.


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brakel2 21 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi tsmog I am sorry about your auto accident, and your problems with memory. The photos were to recall in pictures the events you missed in memory, Is that correct? What a great favor your Dad did to help you, as pictures can be worth a thousand words. I saw a movie about a competition between the importance of pictures vs words, and it was fascinating. I enjoyed hearing about your memories and appreciate your stopping by to comment about my hub and share some of your own history. Blessings, Audrey


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manatita44 18 months ago from london

Interesting Hub, Patricia. You seem to approach it from the standpoint of science and research. No bad thing, and I see that you have studied in this field.

We esoteric ones say that nearly all of this is carried over from a former life. Re-incarnation. Vivekananda was a great Yogi. He remembered so much! Still, nothing comes from an empty void. It is highly likely, that all your bright people, carried over their experiences from long, long ago.

A great Hub and noble effort. Silence and experience begins where science ends. In Love and Light.


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DREAM ON 17 months ago

First I am excited and sad by your hub both at the same time. Your hub was beautiful in many ways. I have always been intrigued by memory and those who have a great ability to access what they see and experience. An amazing gift that not every person has. I have struggled with memory my whole life. During my childhood and adult life I was always more interested what could be instead of what is. Busy day dreaming I wouldn't remember much. I did develop my imagination to dream and dream I did. The sad part of your hub was finally reading the last comment. I love reading about people and what they know and don't know. So I was day dreaming and thinking of each person that left a comment. How they were moved like me to leave a comment. The truth is I can go on and on. Most people think I am rambling when each thought in my mind seems crystal clear. I would love to continue talking and discussing future ideas about more extraordinary hubs that lead to tapping into the unlimited brain power deep down I know we all have. Thank you forever writing this hub and it is not uncommon for me to be three years behind everyone else. As I write this I have the book by Marilu Henner Total Memory Makeover sitting on the corner of my kitchen table. Have an amazing night and I can't wait to to dive right in many more of your hubs.


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brakel2 17 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Mana - Thanks for reading and commenting on my hub. It interests me that you believe these memories come from a past life. The brain is remarkable, and all sorts of theories probably come about this engine of our body. No one knows all the answers. Our lives just go on, and we need to have beliefs. Thanks for your opinions. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 17 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Dream On - Wow, you sure know how to make a person feel good. Thank you for those nice words, and I am glad you even enjoyed reading comments on my hub. I am sorry you have struggled with your memory, but a lot of us do, especially if we are on brain overload. I wish we could have a group to discuss the brain, as many hubbers seem interested in that subject. My interest started when a relative had an astounding memory, and I loved to hear about it. Now, I love to read about the workings of the brain. I am glad you have that memory book by Marylu Henner. She is so brilliant and stays young looking forever. Thanks for sharing all the ideas. Blessings, Audrey


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CrisSp 15 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

This is indeed a very fascinating subject. The brain itself is incredible. My personal experience is that, I am great in remembering experiences and events like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. However, there are times that I can't even remember what I had for dinner.

You may be interested to see the movie, Still Alice. If you haven't seen it yet. It's a beautiful and very touching story. Great actors too.


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Au fait 14 months ago from North Texas

I know people with a photographic memory or what many of us refer to as photographic memory. I have myself at times had that ability. Like so many things, people can usually control that ability if they have it. It's not an issue of remembering every detail of every event one has witnessed or experienced. It is a matter of choosing whether one wants to remember it and then doing so if that is the decision.

One of my brothers as well as myself was able to look at a page in a textbook, for example, and remember it afterwards long enough to write it over on an essay exam word for word after viewing it only one time. No memorizing and cramming. We could then discard that memory if we chose. What would you call a memory that works like mine and my brother's?

I don't know if my brother still has that ability, but I do if I choose to utilize it. It can be a very useful ability

Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Standford University, and a psychology rock star who has done extensive work on memory. I highly recommend learning about his findings. He is considered an authority on the subject in the world of psych.

A very interesting subject you have chosen here. The study of human memory is endlessly fascinating.


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brakel2 14 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Au fait - I am glad you chose to read my hub on memory. You seem to know a lot about the subject and have a good memory. Thank you for the reference you gave me, as I have a great interest in memory. I spent a great deal of time researching this hub and talking with and reading about others who have good memories. I admire your work and research. Blessings, Audrey


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brakel2 14 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi criSP Thanks for stopping by to read my memory hub and for your nice comment. You sound like me with my good memory and then a little lapse at times. I heard about "Still Alice", but it sounds sad. Thanks for reminding me about it, as I should see it. The brain is fascinating, and I love to discuss it and hear the experiences of other folks.. Have a great evening. Blessings, Audrey

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