How To Increase Your Eidetic Memory

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The eidetic memory  is an ability to recall images, sounds or objects in memory with high precision for a few seconds without using mnemonics. It is the closest thing to photographic memory (which actually, does not exist!).

Eidetic memory is very poor in adults, but it can be increased with proper training. This post will show you how you can train your eidetic memory.

An improved eidetic memory will increase you reading speed. You can use this enhanced ability to read faster, and acquire data quicker. This is very important when doing speed reading, or when participating on a speed memory championship.

The Technique

You need to train your eidetic memory in three ways: one in speed, two, in space, and three, in quantity.

Remember that in order to train this skill you cannot use your mnemonic skills like the ones you learned here. The goal now is to train just eidetic.

Training your eidetic memory in speed

This training technique is made to train your speed in perceiving and remembering what you have seen. The idea is that you require the shortest amount of time to eidetically memorize what you have seen.

To train this ability, you can make use of a computer program that presents to you something for a very short amount of time. You can start, showing the stuff for half a second. However you should decrease that time as you train. Good memorizers usually take less than 100 ms to eidetically memorize a list of 10 numbers.

Training your eidetic memory in space

The goal is to make you able to memorize stuff that is separated in space with a single eye shot, provided that you do not have the time to move your eyes from one stuff to the other (because is very slow). For example, imagine memorizing a telephone number in a single eye shot, without reading the number from the first number to the last. To achieve this feat, you should train the use of your periferic vision.

To train this skill you need to use a program that shows to you stuff that is separated, both in height and in width. You start at a given short distance, and progressively increase that distance to increase your eye span.

Training your eidetic memory in quantity

With this training, you try to remember as much data as possible. For example, if you are memorizing telephone numbers, you should add more and more numbers to the list to memorize.

To train this skill, you should use a program that shows you stuff to memorize, and progressively increases the amount of stuff shown, without increasing the time to memorize it.

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The Workout

There are two workouts, and both of them combine the three required trainings. In each workout you are going to train eidetic in speed, in space and in quantity at the same time.

For the workouts you will need to download and familiarize with the official Speed Memory program (which works in Windows only). You can download the program from here. Learn at the Speed Memory page how to use the program. Then come here to perform the workout.

Everyday, from Monday to Friday, perform the two following workouts.

Workout n.1: decimal numbers

  1. First, download this configuration file for the Speed Memory program.
  2. Start the Speed Memory program and load that configuration file on it.
  3. The config file configures the program to show you a group of 4 decimal numbers at the center of the screen for 0.5 seconds, when you press start.
  4. Press start and try to memorize the 4 numbers. Then write them in the form that will appear on the screen.
  5. If you feel like you did not have time, increase the time of shown by 0.1 seconds more.
  6. If you feel like it was easy,  decrease the time by 0.1 seconds.
  7. If you reached the time of 0.1 seconds, then, instead of decreasing the time, increase the number of decimals shown. Add another number at the right, and another at the bottom (you will have to play with the configuration to arrange them close to the other numbers).
  8. Repeat from step number 4 for 20 times.

Workout n.2: binary numbers

  1. First, download this configuration file for the Speed Memory program.
  2. Start the Speed Memory program and load that configuration file on it.
  3. The config file configures the program to show you a group of 4 binary numbers at the center of the screen for 0.5 seconds, when you press start.
  4. Press start and try to memorize the 4 numbers. Then write them in the form that will appear on the screen.
  5. If you feel like you did not have time, increase the time of shown by 0.1 seconds more.
  6. If you feel like it was easy,  decrease the time by 0.1 seconds.
  7. If you reached the time of 0.1 seconds, then, instead of decreasing the time, increase the number of binaries shown. Add another number at the right, and another at the bottom (you will have to play with the configuration to arrange them close to the other numbers).
  8. Repeat from step number 4 for 20 times.

Conclusion

Everybody can improve his eidetic memory. Actually, it is a very important skill if you want to participate on a speed memory competition.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to How To Increase Your Eidetic Memory

  1. Eidetic Jared 14/12/2014 at 7:04 #

    I think that you are talking here about a photographic memory training not an eidetic memory one. The photographic does need to focus on the visual speed like a cammera flash.

    Thanks for the resources that you are sharing!

    • Rick T. 25/12/2014 at 18:39 #

      Hi Jared.
      Actually, photographic memory does not exists, or at least has not been demonstrated to exist yet. The thing is that most people confuse eidetic memory with photographic memory due to the image that movies have promoted.
      Hence, when we talk about taking a picture of something to memorize it, we are always meaning eidetic memory.

      Best

  2. Senad Zekir 03/11/2016 at 18:43 #

    hello, i can recall 19/20, 24/25, 27/30, 32/40 binary numbers in 0.1 seconds. do i have eidetic memory ? thank you Mr. Rick.

    • Rick T. 24/11/2016 at 21:28 #

      Sorry Senad I cannot determine if you have eidetic memory by what you explain here. What I can tell you is that if you are able of such figures, you have a very good memory.
      Enjoy it!

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