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Total Recall Memory & Hyperthymesia

Total recall memory is another name of hyperthymesia. In which people are able to recall total past memory. In simple words people with hyperthymesia have highly superior autobiographical memory HSAM which means they can easily recall their past life totally without any hesitation. Mostly they recall are their personal events and experiences they had. It is also said that people with total recall memory have excessive memory to store each and every detail of events and experiences.


They have the ability to recall almost every day of their life with exact date. People who suffered from hyperthymesia state that they experience uncontrollable associations while recalling a memory. When they see any date,an image click in their mind regarding that date. People with hyperthymesia have a plus point that they do not have to remember anything actively or with proper attention. They remember everything on their own. They do not even have to think hard to recall anything. There are many other conditions which are similar to hyperthymesia but it has sharp memory.

Total Recall Memory & Hyperthymesia


People with total recall memory have extra capacity to store memories in brain. It is a rare condition. Normal people have to try to memorize everything they experience but people with hyperthymesia remember it without effort. People with an average mind use mnemonics to memorize different things. There is a big difference in people with total recall memory and who taught themselves to memorize things.

As people with Hyperthymestic syndrome mostly recall autobiographical events so we can say that it is not or less about facts and more about things which happened to them personally. Some people mix it with another condition named savant. But savant is a different condition from hyperthymesia because in savant people do not remember or can memorize information about autobiographical events. Autistic savants have unusual interest in memorizing dates. They are obsessive to note down dates of events and remember them.

Scientists revealed that basic physiology behind Hyperthymestic syndrome is enlargement of temporal lobe and caudate nucleus. When it became enlarge, it is able to store more memories than usual. Because temporal lobe is associated with memory storage and memory regulation. Enlargement of temporal lobe occurs as a result of an injury or accident.Sometimes people have normal brain capacity of memorizing but after injury or accident their temporal lobe get enlarged and person start feeling like he have a super autobiographical memory and total recall memory.

People with hyperthymesia or total recall memory reported that they remember anything in the form of episodes. A semantic clue is received when they see anything intriguing, this clue initiates a thought and people start remembering that event associated with this image. Total event comes in mind in the form of episodes one thought after other. Sometimes people with total recall memory feel that they are cursed because they consider it a burden to remember everything happened to them in life. Especially when something really bad happened to them in past.
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