Neuroscience Cases: The Man Who Could Not Forget (via B Good Science Blog)

I wonder…

Can we adapt our brains to use the same algorithm to promote efficient archiving and recollection? I’ve noticed that I record information more or less effectively depending on the method I use to associate like ideas with specific senses or other rooted memories. But, can this be taught? Is there a right method and a worse method? Is this within our control? For instance, this article states that Shereshevskii eventually trained his mind to function more ideally by eliminating the negative aspects of his mnemonic mind, so, the ability must have always existed, right? Had this compromise always been possible, but never mentally addressed? That is, once he grew more capable of understanding the science behind his strength, he must have formed a resolution by altering the process of which his subconscious operated. Or, perhaps this was no revision at all- at least, not one of intention. Could this restructuring have simply been the result of aging? Was his memory finally beginning to show signs of deterioration (rendering him forgetful)? Do we all harbor the same potential? Can this be attained by utilizing our minds in accordance to the law by which all minds subtly abide?

Neuroscience Cases: The Man Who Could Not Forget How many times have you been sat revising for an exam wishing that you had the power of a perfect instantaneous memory? Well, for a tiny number of people that isn’t just a pipe dream. Known as mnemonists these individuals have unfathomable memories and data recall. This is the story of one of the first properly studied, and most interesting cases, Solomon Shereshevskii. Born in Russia in 1886 to a Jewish family Shereshevskii, or simply ‘S’ as he … Read More

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