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Do You Have a Photographic Memory? Take the Photographic or Eidetic Memory Test
What is a Photographic or Eidetic Memory?
Some people have the ability to recall many details of a scene, as if the scene were actually presently in front of them, much like a photo being held in their brain. These people are said to have photographic memories, or eidetic memories. Eidetic images are perfect copies of an actual image and they can stay in the mind of a person with a photographic memory without being distorted or changed in any way.
- This is an especially useful trait to have. For example, during an exam, a person with a photographic memory could simply see the pages of the textbook in their mind as they retrieved the information needed. These memories can last for days, and sometimes even weeks.
- Eidetic images are most common in children. The number of people able to produce these images dwindles in adolescence, and is very rare in adulthood.
- Most "memory experts" (like those people that can memorise decks of cards) do not have eidetic memory. Instead they tend to rely on organising the information well and using memory techniques such as mnemonics and narrative chaining.
Testing For Eidetic Memory: Eidetic Memory Test
Do you have a photographic memory? To test your memory, observe the image below for 20 seconds. Do not read any of the text below the picture until you have finished.
Okay, now try to answer these questions:
- Is the chimney on the house to the left or right side of the roof?
- Is the bear with the green overalls on the right or left?
- How many of the fence posts are visible?
- What colour is the door of the house?
- What colour are the buttons on the overalls of the bears?
- How many clouds are there?
- Where is the rainbow emerging from?
- Which bear has its eyes shut?
- What is the colour of the handle of the umbrella?
- How many toes do the bears have?
If you managed to successfully answer all of those questions, you may have an eidetic memory!