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Hyperthymesia

Hyperthymesia

People with hyperthymesia can recall details relating to past experiences with extreme accuracy throughout their lifetime.

Studies suggests that the ability is limited to autobiographical memory. This limitation means that people can only recall information about themselves and their past personal experiences.

Information can be retained either as short-term or long-term memories. They process short-term memories in a similar way to most other people. However they have good long term memory.

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