Infographic Text: Can you educate yourself to develop a photographic memory?
No. Despite what pop culture suggests, people can not create perfect copies of images on their heads.
There is a similar phenomenon called memory memory that occurs in 2-10% of children. These children can see an image for 30 seconds and then continue to "see" it after the physical image is removed. However, individual memories last only a few minutes.
While developing a photo memory is impossible, you can educate yourself to improve your memory. You are more likely to benefit from training exercises that constantly cause you (such as learning a new language) than playing card games on your phone.
- Improving memory. (n.d.). Harvard Health Publishing. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2xVe0QP
- Searleman, A. (N.d.). Is there anything like a photo memory? And if so, can he learn? Scientific American. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2PBvqKU
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