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Eidetic Memory vs Hyperthymesia

   

To learn about difference between eidetic memory and hyperthymesia we should have a clear concept about both conditions. Hyperthymesia is defined as a condition in which people can recall their past life in almost excellent way without any hesitation. They can recall almost every day of their past life. They mostly recall events related to their personal life and experiences they have. Eidetic memory is defined as a condition in which people are able to slightly recall images in their mind after 2 to 3 times exposure to that specific image.


Both these terms are related to memory or we can say people with eidetic and hyperthymesia have sharp memory as compare to an average person. Eidetic memory is related to images and scenes and sometimes clues but hyperthymesia is not related to anything because in hyperthymesia people do not have to memorize anything but they memorize it on 1st look. Hyperthymesia is considered more accurate in memorizing things as compare to eidetic memory.

Eidetic Memory vs Hyperthymesia


People with eidetic memory require 2 to 3 exposure to an image or scene to memorize it but hyperthymesia memorize it on 1st exposure. Eidetic memory is also known as photogenic memory because it is related to visual ability of a person. When people saw any image, they memorize it. People with eidetic memory do not remember each and every detail of event but Hyperthymestic people can recall it perfectly with each and every detail that is why it is also known as perfect memory.

Well eidetic memory is not perfect because it include distortions and additional thoughts with multiple auditory information. With eidetic memory, people recall memories in the form of photographs one after the other. Eidetic memory is commonly seen in children but hyperthymesia can attack at any age. According to research, 2 to 10 percent of children are effected by eidetic memory in 6 to 12 years of age.

Hyperthymestic people can remember each and everything of event like image, date, day, color, audio and other information but eidetic memory is commonly associated with images other than auditory and sensory information. Both of these conditions are rare and not commonly seen. Some people find hyperthymesia a burden but eidetic memory is interesting to people suffering from it because they like learning via seeing things again and again.

People with eidetic memory reported that after few minutes of removal of visual stimulus, vividness and stability of image start getting fade. People with hyperthymesia or Hyperthymestic syndrome keep on thinking about their past life all the time but it do not happens in eidetic memory. In eidetic memory, people only recall memory when they want to think about it.

Eidetic memory and Hyperthymesia both look like same but there is a little difference in them. Some people mix eidetic memory with hallucinations because of its recalling method and some mix hyperthymesia with autism because of perfection of details. People either having eidetic memory or Hyperthymestic syndrome have super mind with super memory ability.

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