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news icon rJames McGaugh is one of the world's leading experts on how the human memory system works. But these days, he admits he's stumped.McGaugh's journey through an intellectual purgatory began six years ago when a woman now known only as AJ wrote him a letter detailing her astonishing ability to remember with remarkable clarity even trivial events that happened decades ago.

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Immortal Norway

If everyone was like here some important problems in the world would be solved, but it would just make millions of new problems.

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Robert1

Her ability to recall even the most trivial details from events that occured years ago is quite amazing. But I'm not sure if it's as unusual as the researchers claim it to be.

I've met several people who exibit the same ability(and others who simply claim to)

enough times for me not to regard this person as unique. I think the researchers will

need more than one subject to validate their study. They may find that it is not as

uncommon as they believe. :unsure:

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SolarThinker

Her ability to recall even the most trivial details from events that occured years ago is quite amazing. But I'm not sure if it's as unusual as the researchers claim it to be.

I've met several people who exibit the same ability(and others who simply claim to)

enough times for me not to regard this person as unique. I think the researchers will

need more than one subject to validate their study. They may find that it is not as

uncommon as they believe. :unsure:

Then why have these people you talk of not contated someone about it? This is a very immportant discovery that could prove, longterm, to be very significant in advancing the human race and our understanding of the brain. They need all the case studies they can get in my opinion.

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Scorpius

That is amazing. I hope to see what exactly is "wired differently" in her brain.

AJ does have "some sort of compulsive tendencies. She wants order in her life," McGaugh says. "As a child, she would get upset if her mother changed anything in her room because she had a place for everything and wanted everything in its place.

"So she does categorize events by the date, but that doesn't explain why she remembers it."

^_^ I must try this out. Then again, I date my written work everyday and I still don't remember.

I wonder if they'd done any specific aptitude tests on her.

Then why have these people you talk of not contated someone about it?

There could be many reasons. Some probably think it's normal and everyone else can do it, so they don't bother telling psychologists or researchers. And others may not even be aware of such research goin' on.

Hopefully this goes out into the mainstream media, so that more people can be aware of it, and those that do possess this ability can contact someone. :)

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WoDoByMe

There was a man that lived in Europe that also had the same type of memory, however to him every memory had a smell. Including the words on the pages that he read.

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__Kratos__

I propose her and Ken Jennings go head to head on Jeopardy! :D

The researchers are preparing to take their work in a new direction in hopes of understanding what is going on here. It's possible AJ's brain is wired differently, and that may show up through magnetic resonance imaging. Testing is expected to begin within six months.

"We will be looking at her brain, using brain scanning techniques, to see if there's anything that is dramatically different that we can point to," McGaugh says.

Why so long for testing? :hmm: It will be interesting to see though if her brain is different then normal or even more shocking her brain is showing normal.

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frogfish

People like her are called savants...sadly, most are autistic. The key is HOW they see the world. Some see it in numbers, other in colors, and Pea (the true Rainman) sees it in Morse Code.

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__Kratos__

People like her are called savants...sadly, most are autistic. The key is HOW they see the world. Some see it in numbers, other in colors, and Pea (the true Rainman) sees it in Morse Code.

Actually...

So unique, in fact, that the Irvine team has given her condition a new name. They call it hyperthymestic syndrome, based on the Greek word thymesis for "remembering" and hyper, meaning "more than normal."

There are 3 pages to the story from the link Saruman provided.

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