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My parents always say I have a photographic memory (I remember very unimportant dates and specific details about again unimportant things) , and I was just wondering if anyone could, well explain exactly what this is, if it really exists, how common it is and how I can use it to my advantage.
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My parents always say I have a photographic memory (I remember very unimportant dates and specific details about again unimportant things) , and I was just wondering if anyone could, well explain exactly what this is, if it really exists, how common it is and how I can use it to my advantage.
Photographic memory is when you remember everything that has ever happened to you like a film strip, I think. I think it's also linked to things like Asperger's Syndrome (a type of autism) though I'm not exactly sure...

Lol, I sometimes remember really random things too, but forget lots of stuff too. I'm sure you'll find it's quite normal.
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It exists, and an advantage is that you wont need to revise as much as everybody else. Oh and it's not common...
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Well, I've always been lead to believe that a photographic memory is when someone can look at things and just remember them instantly and for a long time- as opposed to normal memory, which requires mechanisms such as rehearsal, processing, etc. If you have one, that makes you very lucky

I have a story related to photographic memory- I've always been a very good speller, even when I was a kid. When I did well in a spelling test, my teacher gave me a further one to see what I could do. I must have done well, because she said, "You're the best speller in the class, apart from Gary who has a photographic memory". I came home and proudly told my mum "Miss Williams told me that I'm the best speller in the class, apart from Gary and that's only because he's got a pornographic memory!" I didn't understand why she found that so funny til I was a lot older :rolleyes:
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It exists, and an advantage is that you wont need to revise as much as everybody else. Oh and it's not common...
Ah-ha, that'll explain why when I just read my revision guides it went in, and I wondered why people always used to read it words aloud and repeat, repeat and repeat what they've learned. Still, doesn't quite mean I'll get A*s though.

Photographic memory is when you remember everything that has ever happened to you like a film strip, I think. I think it's also linked to things like Asperger's Syndrome (a type of autism) though I'm not exactly sure...

Lol, I sometimes remember really random things too, but forget lots of stuff too. I'm sure you'll find it's quite normal.
Well as long as it's normal.
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I have a story related to photographic memory- I've always been a very good speller, even when I was a kid. When I did well in a spelling test, my teacher gave me a further one to see what I could do. I must have done well, because she said, "You're the best speller in the class, apart from Gary who has a photographic memory". I came home and proudly told my mum "Miss Williams told me that I'm the best speller in the class, apart from Gary and that's only because he's got a pornographic memory!" I didn't understand why she found that so funny til I was a lot older
lol, trust you to know a big word like that at such a young age.
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Well as long as it's normal.
NO! I mean photographic memory isn't normal but remembering random odd things (and forgetting others) is, everybody does it.
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Well, I've always been lead to believe that a photographic memory is when someone can look at things and just remember them instantly and for a long time- as opposed to normal memory, which requires mechanisms such as rehearsal, processing, etc. If you have one, that makes you very lucky

I have a story related to photographic memory- I've always been a very good speller, even when I was a kid. When I did well in a spelling test, my teacher gave me a further one to see what I could do. I must have done well, because she said, "You're the best speller in the class, apart from Gary who has a photographic memory". I came home and proudly told my mum "Miss Williams told me that I'm the best speller in the class, apart from Gary and that's only because he's got a pornographic memory!" I didn't understand why she found that so funny til I was a lot older :rolleyes:
So, say if I said I can't ever remember faces, just outlines would that exclude me from having this photographic memory?
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i have a pornographic memory too..
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Ah-ha, that'll explain why when I just read my revision guides it went in, and I wondered why people always used to read it words aloud and repeat, repeat and repeat what they've learned. Still, doesn't quite mean I'll get A*s though.
How could you not get A*'s when you have a photographic memory?! I wish i had one...
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NO! I mean photographic memory isn't normal but remembering random odd things (and forgetting others) is, everybody does it.
Ah I see, I don't think I forget much but obviously I wouldn't know! I'm going to research this, it all seems quite exciting. Thanks guys.
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How could you not get A*'s when you have a photographic memory?! I wish i had one...
Well, I haven't been taught any of the information to get A*s. I've been taught at B/C level, so ! I think you can train your memory to be photographic like, apparently.
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Ah I see, I don't think I forget much but obviously I wouldn't know! I'm going to research this, it all seems quite exciting. Thanks guys.
Yeah... so can you remember what you had for dinner the Wednesday before last?

Because I can't.
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It does exist, but not the way people suggest it does.

Some people, particular forms of autistic savages, lack the ability to filter relevant from irrelevant information - be it visual, phonographic, or perhaps even sensual. It has been noted, some with this 'ability' in the visual field, can recall images with perfect precision, and can produce a (practically) identical replica from memory if asked to. However, these same people suffer from the most severe forms of autism.

Within the normal population, however, I doubt it is present. Even if it was - it isn't exactly film-strip memory - the amount of data involved would quickly exceed the capacity of our memories. We need to filter and forget things in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed with information, as found with some autistic people. Some people do have very good, natural, untrained memories and have better recall of images and sounds than others, but it comes nowhere near photographic.
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lol, trust you to know a big word like that at such a young age.
I don't know how I knew it, that's the thing

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So, say if I said I can't ever remember faces, just outlines would that exclude me from having this photographic memory?
I don't know, I never covered it in Psychology. A lot of Cognitive Psychology focuses on memory processes, so if you're interested in looking into research about memory, that might be a good place to look
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Yeah... so can you remember what you had for dinner the Wednesday before last?

Because I can't.
Burgers, green beans and chips. I remember this because last Wednesday I went to a resturant for my meal and had a Caesar rap with potato wedges with a drink of cranberry juice.
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My parents always say I have a photographic memory (I remember very unimportant dates and specific details about again unimportant things) , and I was just wondering if anyone could, well explain exactly what this is, if it really exists, how common it is and how I can use it to my advantage.
A photographic memory is...well.. when your memory takes a picture of all dates so you can remember them. If you read a page of a book, can you then see it and copy it out? Photographic memories are very good for remembering dates in history, or facts in science, as you could read every page of your textbook and the index and in theory see it in the exam! It isn't that commen although people do have it, sometimes in stages. You can use it to your advantage by reember all dates and facts needed for work, or if you are part of that spooks show,you can become a secret agent and steel money!!! seriuosly though, it is very very useful and you should feel lucky.
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My parents always say I have a photographic memory (I remember very unimportant dates and specific details about again unimportant things) , and I was just wondering if anyone could, well explain exactly what this is, if it really exists, how common it is and how I can use it to my advantage.
Me too!!! Oh my gosh that is so freaky, i'm not the only one! It happened about 15 minutes ago!
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Burgers, green beans and chips. I remember this because last Wednesday I went to a resturant for my meal and had a Caesar rap with potato wedges with a drink of cranberry juice.
You can't prove that but it sound impressive, and i'll believe you because well...why would you lie?
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It does exist, but not the way people suggest it does.

Some people, particular forms of autistic savages, lack the ability to filter relevant from irrelevant information - be it visual, phonographic, or perhaps even sensual. It has been noted, some with this 'ability' in the visual field, can recall images with perfect precision, and can produce a (practically) identical replica from memory if asked to. However, these same people suffer from the most severe forms of autism.

Within the normal population, however, I doubt it is present. Even if it was - it isn't exactly film-strip memory - the amount of data involved would quickly exceed the capacity of our memories. We need to filter and forget things in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed with information, as found with some autistic people. Some people do have very good, natural, untrained memories and have better recall of images and sounds than others, but it comes nowhere near photographic.
I agree with the last bit, obviously I can't remember every single minute I had at school, so then it isn't the photographic? But a good memory, as you said is probably a better term for it.
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