How to have a photographic memory (with images)

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How to have a photographic memory (with images)
How to have a photographic memory (with images)

Eidetic memory, also known as photographic memory, involves the ability to memorize images, names, words and numbers with extreme precision. This characteristic accompanies people from birth - that is, it is not possible to develop it later. Don't worry though! You may not have a photographic memory per se, but there are a few things you can do to greatly improve your ability to store information: games, activities, strategies and even lifestyle changes!


Part 1 of 4: Training your memory to be more accurate

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Step 1. Take an eidetic memory test

You can take a basic test to determine whether or not you have photographic memory. In it, all you have to do is look at two similar images and try to put one over the other mentally. Search for the test on the internet or, if you prefer, consult a doctor who can give guidance.

If you don't have a photographic memory, don't worry! The test is still a fun tool to train the brain and improve memory

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Step 2. Make image associations

You can stop and visualize certain things in your hands to remind yourself of what they are - whether it's the title of a book or where your keys are. For example, if the object is a book called “The City of the Sun”, visualize what a city bathed in the sun would be like. This association can improve your memory.

Another example: If you put your car keys on the kitchen counter, try imagining them doing something silly, like cooking or eating fruit from the fruit bowl. When looking for them, you probably won't forget this image

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Step 3. Repeat the names you hear

Many people have trouble remembering the names of people they've just met - even for more than 30 seconds. That's because we're too focused on ourselves (how we're doing, whether we're being polite, etc.) and so we forget to pay attention to the presentation. This is even worse for someone who has to meet several people at the same time.

  • You can repeat the person's name as soon as you meet them: “Nice to meet you, Saul”. If you don't understand the name or don't know how to pronounce it, ask again immediately so you don't have to be embarrassed later.
  • You can also associate new people's names with someone you already know. If you don't know anyone with the same name, think of a character from a book or movie. This association makes things much easier.
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Step 4. Use the “chunking” technique

This term is used in psychology to describe the technique of putting numbers, words or items together in a list to memorize everything.

  • If you want to memorize items on a shopping list, group them into various categories, such as fruits, vegetables, frozen foods, condiments, meats, and so on.
  • You can also split the shopping list by meal. For example: add lettuce, tomato, cucumber, goat cheese and vinegar in a set called “salad ingredients”.
  • The same goes for dividing sets of numbers into smaller sections - when you have to memorize your credit card number, your social security number, a telephone number, and so on. For example: do not write “998896643”, but “9-9889-6643”. Finally, it's easier to repeat the number backwards in this division.
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Step 5. Minimize distractions.

For many people, forgetting is not a memory problem, but rather a result of everyday distractions. Whenever possible, focus on one task at a time. It makes you want to do several things at once to save time, but you'll be able to retain more information if you think about each one individually.

Part 2 of 4: Memorizing the Things You Read

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Step 1. Read everything with a purpose in mind

If you want to retain information, it's best to get a clear sense of your purpose by reading. For example, it's easier to memorize everything if you think something like “I need to read this manual to learn how to use the pressure cooker”.

Any purpose is valid! It might even be something as simple as "I need to memorize the World War I context to pass the history test." To that end, your brain will understand why you are reading and thus remember things better

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Step 2. Make associations to categorize the things you read

As you read, try to relate the content to other parts of the book, chapter, or article. It's good to think about the overall organization of the text and separate the information you're absorbing into the respective parts of the narrative.

For example, in a chapter on World War I, when you read about the assassination of Archduke Francisco Fernando, link that content to the outbreak of conflicts

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Step 3. Practice visualization to create vivid memories

Thinking of a mental image of the content helps to memorize the information. If you're reading a pie recipe, imagine every part of the process: the ingredients, the topping, the filling, and the final product.

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Step 4. Focus only on what you are reading

Don't try to do multiple things at once while reading. This increases the chances of something going wrong. Focus on each activity in isolation (in this case, reading).

Don't try to watch TV or talk to someone while reading something you have to memorize

Part 3 of 4: Adapting to everyday life

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Step 1. Always put relaxation first

There are several ways to relieve anxiety and stress. Spend more time on activities that interest you, especially outdoors. Also, try things that stimulate your mind and body, such as yoga and tai chi chuan.

You can also socialize more with people to relieve anxiety and depression. Talk more with friends, relatives and other loved ones and don't be alone so much

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Step 2. Make brain training games, pranks and puzzles

The brain is like a muscle: it needs exercise to perform healthy every day. Unfortunately, many people are so busy with their routines that they spend days on end in automatic mode. Try to incorporate some activities into your week.

Do crosswords, for example

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Step 3. Read something every day

Discovering new information also helps keep the brain more in tune. Even if you're not an avid reader, try to read a little bit every day. Choose a book that interests you (fiction or not) and devote yourself to a chapter or at least five pages.

Read the newspapers to stay abreast of what is happening in the world. This exercise is also healthy

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Step 4. Learn new things to keep your brain tuned

In addition to reading, you can acquire new skills to train your memory. Think about subjects that interest you and choose something new!

  • Learn to speak a new language or play an instrument.
  • Enroll in a specific course in your area.
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Step 5. Practice more exercise

Physical activities improve circulation throughout the body, including the brain. They improve the distribution of oxygen and essential nutrients in the body. Get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise each weekday.

  • Separate exercises into sessions throughout the week to constantly improve circulation to the brain. Even if you don't have that much time for a full workout, try doing at least ten minutes of simple activities like walking.
  • Make some adjustments in everyday activities to improve your mobility, such as changing the elevator for the stairs.

Part 4 of 4: Choosing Foods That Improve Memory

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Step 1. Ingest plenty of omega-3s

These fatty acids are great for brain health and can greatly improve memory. Eat fish (salmon, bluefin tuna, sardines, etc.) a few times a week. Grill or roast meat to optimize nutritional value.

If you don't like the meat of the fish itself, see a doctor to see if you can try supplements made with animal oil

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Step 2. Consume several servings of vegetables per day

In general, try to eat three to five servings. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and leafy ones like kale are even more interesting. Have a kale salad or a broccoli and salmon stir fry.

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Step 3. Consume nuts every day

Nuts can improve cognition. Eat some of them when you're hungry - and if you like, add yogurt or salad to make it all taste better!

Nuts are good for the heart and are an excellent source of protein

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Step 4. Consume berries regularly

These fruits also improve memory. Eat some berry in the morning or in the evening.

Frozen berries are also very nutritious and beneficial

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Step 5. Drink with moderation.

Drinking too much alcohol can block important receptors in the brain that are needed for memory retention, as well as releasing a steroid that interferes with learning. On the other hand, there is scientific evidence that drinking in moderation can protect long-term memory. You can have 1-2 glasses of wine a day, for example.

Ask the doctor what is right for you


  • Try out a few different strategies and see what works best. Don't be afraid to be creative!
  • If you suffer from anxiety or depression, consult a doctor before trying any alternative treatment on your own.

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