Is it possible to develop photographic memory?
Our survival either in school or in real life depends on how well we input and remember information. The better the memory you have, the higher your chances of surviving.
Many people dream to have a photographic memory. Unfortunately, not all people have it. Some were born with this amazing gift. But some don’t.
But the good news is that everyone can develop a photographic memory. Yes. The ability to capture the information and saves it accurately can be learned.
The brain is pretty much like a muscle that can be made stronger through exercise. Lifting weights, for instance, can boost muscle strength.
So, is it possible to develop photographic memory?
Yes. In this post, let’s talk about the 5 techniques you can practice to develop a photographic memory. I hope that these techniques will you improve your memory too!
1. Eat foods rich in Omega-3
Oxygen and glucose are two of the main fuels of the brain. These elements keep the brain from dying.
But in terms of enhancing memory, you need Omega-3s. Omega-3s are found in a study to have a significant positive effect on the brain. It acts as a memory booster resulting in better information input and storage.
The good source of Omega-3s is salmon and sardines. Including one of these Omega-3 sources in your diet increases your chances of developing a better memory.
2. Apply the power of repetition
One of the best tips, before you can improve your memory, is understanding how your brain works. The most conventional wisdom about how the brain works is that any information or learning affects the neural structure of the brain.
Although neurons (a specialized type of cells in the brain) work like a computer’s central processing unit, the entire process is entirely different. The brain stores information by forming a new neural connection. This means that every learning literally changes the structure of the brain.
With that said, every information stores in the brain create a neural connection. The stronger the connection the better the storage and the easier the information to be retrieved.
Therefore, the key to better memory is constant stimulation. In the context of students, repetitive reading and memorizing would help for easier information retrieval. Reviewing a lesson two weeks prior to the exam can be helpful.
3. Exercise after studying
Most students would think that reading and memorizing are the only ways to succeed in an exam. But the whole process of developing photographic memory is not only limited to these known practices.
Running and other cardio-vascular activities may help the brain attain its potential. In one study, researchers found that exercising after reading or memorizing help activate the hippocampus (part of the brain responsible for storing memory).
In other words, physical exercise after long hours of reading may aid your brain in developing a photographic memory.
4. Drink a cup of coffee
A cup of coffee can also help your brain remain active. Caffeine activates and prevents the brain from losing focus. This is the reason why after drinking coffee, you stay awake at night.
Coffee will not only keep you awake but also aid the hippocampus to store the information. This makes coffee a wonder drink.
5. Keep yourself busy
Being busy can give you benefits. This is a rare fact. But one study actually found it. People with busy daily schedules have better episodic memory. This type of memory is responsible for storing and retrieving temporal and spatial information.
There are many ways to develop a photographic memory. But the basic and fundamental is practice. Practicing these techniques will help you attain your goal in enhancing your brain power.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.