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Understanding the Basis of Superior Memory

Understanding the Basis of Superior Memory


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Understanding the Basis of Superior Memory

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Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM)

People with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) have an extraordinary capacity to recall specific events from their personal past. They also spend excessive time thinking about occurrences from the past.

HSAM has puzzled researchers since 2000 when the first person with such superior memory reached out to professor James McGaugh.


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Past studies show that HSAM individuals remember information that is relevant to them. They can remember daily events but not lists of words or stories told to them by another researcher.

Researchers think that, during sleep, memories that you've acquired before you went to sleep get recapitulated or reactivated, and that reactivation then helps strengthen those memories. This mechanism can help develop treatments for people with memory problems or memory disorders.


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