Photographic Memory Doesn't Exist

Though there are famous cases of people with remarkably accurate memories, photographic memory seems to be a myth. Science has yet to scientifically back the concept of a person being able to look at a memory like a photograph and recall every last detail with perfect accuracy. There's a limit to how much information our brains can take in at once, which suggests that photographic memories would be too much for the brain to handle. Of course, there are extreme examples of people with outstanding memories. Jill Price, for example, can recall almost every detail about every day of her life. Children are extreme examples too, in a sense. Most children possess something called eidetic memory, which is the ability to recall details about an image several minutes after it is viewed. Only about 5% of children retain eidetic memory after childhood. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Photographic memory seems to be a myth. 00:27

  2. Most children have eidetic memory, which is the ability to recall an image in extreme detail a few minutes after it is viewed. 00:46

  3. Jill Price remembers almost everything about every single day of her life. 01:29