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A 36-year-old female asked:
The sherlock holmes movie character has a photographic memory. do some people really have this, and how common is this trait?
2 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Eidetic memory: There is currently a lot of controversy as to whether photographic memory (technically called "eidetic memory") actually exists. Here's an interesting website on this fascinating topic:
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Dr. Paul Schwartzanswered
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Real, but uncommon: Photographic, or eidetic memory--the ability to recall things in abundance and in great detail, is a real phenomenon, and may be associated with larger than normal caudate nuclei in the basal ganglia of the brain. It is very uncommon.
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Last updated May 17, 2016
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