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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- Searleman, A. (n.d.). Is there such a thing as a photographic memory? And if so, can it be learned? Scientific American. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2PBvqKU
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