Can You Train Yourself to Develop a Photographic Memory?

Photographic memory infographic


Infographic Text: Can you train yourself to develop a photographic memory?

No. Despite what pop culture suggests, humans cannot create perfect replicas of images in their heads.

There is a similar phenomenon called eidetic memory that occurs in 2-10% of children. These kids can look at an image for 30 seconds and then continue “seeing” it after the physical picture is taken away. However, eidetic memories only last for a few minutes at most.

While developing a photographic memory is impossible, you can train yourself to improve the memory you do have. You are more likely to benefit from training exercises that constantly challenge you (such as learning a new language) than from playing card games on your phone.


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  • craig

    March 23rd, 2020 at 4:30 AM

    this page is false. my father had (he’s dead now, :( )photographic memory. please do not spread misinformation.

  • Rose

    October 12th, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    This page is false. I know that because I have one myself.

  • Martha

    October 11th, 2023 at 5:05 PM

    I read your comment and I was wondering what you know. I’m doing research mainly just out of curiosity.

  • Luna

    February 21st, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    Do not spread false info

  • Mariane

    June 26th, 2021 at 4:49 AM

    Hello, can you tell us more about photographic memory?

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