Exceptional Memory Essay

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10, 14, 47, 238, 921, 2249, 3459, 7077, 9754, 687, 500, 26, 1.The average person would not be able to memorize those digits without great effort; on the other hand, a mnemonist, someone who could recollect extensive data, such as a long list of numbers, could do the same task in a matter of minutes with great ease. Why is that? Many question why some people have advanced or exceptional memory, and others do not – what factors affect it? How can I get it? How can I get my children to get it? But possessing an exceptional memory is more complex than it seems and can take on different forms. The main five forms of exceptional memory are eidetic memory, emotional memory, hyperthymesitic syndrome, mnemonic memory, and savantism. Eidetic memory, or photographic memory, gives people the ability to capture and retain the most intricate details of sensory information that is visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory, and olfactory (). Eidetic memory is a mildly controversial topic in that a major debate has persisted over the last several decades concerning whether it actually exists or if it is simply an improved basic memory function (). Researchers have found that children, who are capable of retaining much more accurate recall of an image, have far more developed photographic memories than adults. But more importantly, young children (up to the age of about four) have brains that are wired differently than an adult brain, and as a child ages, his or her photographic memory techniques fade along with valuable intuitive-based thinking capabilities (). Occasionally, some people experience what is called sporadic eidetic memory, and are able to describe certain memories in very close detail. Most of the time, these random occurrences of eidetic memory are not consciously triggered (). People who demonstrate exceptional memory abilities, such as those of eidetic memory, are
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