Do You Remember Every Day of Your Life?Hyperthymesia is a condition wherein people possess superior autobiographical memory. Such people are able to recall every minute detail from their past.
Photographic or eidetic memory, as it is called, is one's ability to recall most details of a visual or auditory stimulus, to which one is exposed for a short duration. Eidetic memory is considered to be present during early childhood (till the age of 6); it is considered to be present in approximately 10 percent of the population of this age group.
Eidetic memory, if not nurtured and developed, disappears after the age of six. It is in no way linked to the IQ or intelligence of an individual. It's completely absent in adults; however, a few people are believed to possess photographic memories. A notable example is Stephen Wiltshire, a British architectural artist, who is popular for his ability to draw landscapes (from memory) after just seeing them once.
Do you think you possess a similar ability (not of drawing but memorizing stuff after seeing it just once)? Take this quick eidetic memory test, and know for yourself.
Take a close look at all the pictures given in the slideshow below. Click the arrows to view the next image.
Assuming that you have closely observed all the images in the slideshow, here are some questions based on them which would test your photographic memory. If you're really keen to know whether you possess this ability, answer honestly.
Also, remember that photographic memory is common in children (as mentioned earlier). This is because, children tend to think in the form of images (and not words), as their vocabulary and language skills haven't developed completely. In case of adults, this ability is almost completely absent, apart from exceptions. Do you have an active photographic memory? See for yourself.
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Hope you enjoyed the test. If you could answer more than half the questions correctly, you got a brilliant eidetic memory. However, on an average, a majority of people are likely to score between 0 to 4 out of 10.