The Difference Between Photographic Memory and Eidetic Memory

How to get photographic memoryPhotographic memory does differ from eidetic memory, although a number of people use the terms interchangeably. Photographic memory allows people to recall visual information such as pages from books, magazines, and license plate numbers. Eidetic memory on the other hand involves senses other than vision. For example, then eidetic memory might include sounds, touch, taste, and smell. The distinction is still theoretical.

People who have a photographic memory will have total recall of what they have seen, while eidetic memories may include all or only several of the senses.

People with a photographic memory tend to be able to recall their memories for years in perfect detail and with an excellent sense of the daytime and year at which the information was input into their memory. Eidetic memories however tend not to be accompanied by an accurate timeline, and the visual component to these memories are often fuzzy because so many of the other senses are competing at the same time.

If you’re wondering how to develop a photographic memory, there are online services that provide photographic memory training.

3 thoughts on “The Difference Between Photographic Memory and Eidetic Memory

  1. joe

    I always thought it was the opposite of what this article states…

    I thought Eidetic Memory was the absolute, while Photographic Memory was only referring to visual events…

  2. Jackie

    Maybe someone can help me out with this? I don’t think I fall in the photographic memory category but I have similarities. I can recall memories in perfect details for years, but not pages to books, license plate numbers etc.
    It is very frustrating at times, I will flash back to the past very easily seeing every day objects or when driving.

    September 20th 9:03am

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