By: Nicole Beasley. Medically Reviewed By: Aaron Horn. Many people wish that they had a photographic memory. It would be nice to be able to remember everything that we saw that was important automatically. However, while most people make some limited use of eidetic memory, photographic memory is rarer. There have been many studies into people who claim to have a photographic memory.
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A number of people claim to have eidetic memory , but science has never found a single verifiable case of photographic memory. This includes all winners of the annual World Memory Championships and most of the known scientific cases of excellent memories, like Solomon Shereshevsky. Regardless, the following list contains people who have claimed photographic memory. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia list article. Scientific American.
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The terms eidetic memory and photographic memory are commonly used interchangeably,  but they are also distinguished. However, eidetic memory is not limited to visual aspects of memory and includes auditory memories as well as various sensory aspects across a range of stimuli associated with a visual image. Eidetic imagery is the ability to remember an image in so much detail, clarity, and accuracy that it is as though the image were still being perceived.