Photographic Memory

Develop the innate ability of photographic memory

What is photographic memory?

Photographic (or Eidetic) Memory is the ability to easily recall visual information in great and accurate detail. Essentially “taking a snapshot” of visual information that is stored into memory to be called upon when or as needed.

The basic features of photographic memory are:

Ability to instantaneously memorise information and easily recall it afterwards.
Ability to memorise a high volume of information in a short time.
A large capacity for memory.
Ability to remember information for a long time afterwards.
There are varying degrees of photographic memory, including being able to remember accompanying senses such as smell and taste.

Is right brain memory superior to left brain memory?

The left and right brain or conscious and subconscious brain have vastly different approaches to memory function, illustrated below:

Left brain

Rote learning
The left brain relies on repetition to create memories but they are not properly stored.
Verbal processing
The left brain predominantly relies on language, which is difficult for very young children, who rely heavily on images and sounds.
Serial processing
Connects elements together in a linear fashion (A B C) and relies on recollection of all aspects.
Conscious thought
Focusing attention on one thing at a time.
Processing information related to right brain memory
After information is stored by the right brain, the left brain helps to interpret information.

Right brain

Photographic memory
The right brain takes a mental snapshot of images to create strong instant memories.
Parallel processing
The right brain uses multiple categories such as colour, motion, shape and depth to process visual information
Olfactory memory
The right brain takes in details perceived by our senses such as sight, smell, sound, touch and taste and attaches them to memories. Smell leaves one of the strongest and long-lasting impressions on our brains, this is our olfactory memory.
Visual / auditory processing
These senses create particularly powerful memories. For example, you may hear a song that you haven’t heard in a while. Often you will surprise yourself by remembering all of the lyrics and melodies! This is the right brain at work.
Mass memory storage
Large amounts of information that are properly stored and can be called upon long after the fact.
Although at first glance it may seem that right brain memory processes are superior to left brain memory processes, the left brain helps interpret right brain memories into language in order to communicate them verbally or on paper.

Efficient communication between both hemispheres will allow the best results for memory. This is why we engage the entire brain at Shichida and teach many pole-bridging activities in each class.

Photographic memory relies on the subconscious for absorption and retention, but the conscious mind later helps to find language to interpret the information.

How do I build my child’s photographic memory?

Photographic memory is a unique right brain skill because it relies on imagery and rapid processing. Because young children primarily use their right brain (they think in terms of pictures instead of language), they are perfectly positioned to unlock this talent.

Shichida classes build photographic memory as part of its age-specific learning plan. As children grow, so too do the activities become increasingly more difficult.

Some Eidetic Memory activities at Shichida include:

“Take a picture”

Quickly show a picture with multiple parts, then give children a blank copy to fill in the parts according to what they saw.

Draw a likeness

Quickly show a picture, then have the children draw what they saw (or parents can coach children to describe what they saw)


Show mandalas and more complex images and have the children replicate the details such as colour placement.

Recall activities

Most Shichida memory activities involve the right brain because the activities are visual in nature.

Although Shichida develops children’s photographic memory skills and provides parents with the knowledge to replicate the activities, consistently practising outside of the classroom in a way that is engaging and age-appropriate is recommended to fully tap into this amazing ability.

One simple photographic memory game you can play at home

Have your child take pictures by holding up an imaginary “magic camera” to take photos of their toys in a certain order or of number plates on a car, then ask them to replicate or tell you what they saw.

What are the benefits?

Those who have fostered their eidetic memory abilities find themselves at a great advantage in life, and not just during study. Benefits of a strong right-brain memory include:
Decreased study time
Academic achievement
Implicit eye for detail
Meaningful memorisation
Increased spatial skills
Rapid absorption of information
Generally building a stronger right brain to balance the left brain
Being able to draw and recall complex maps or images of their surroundings
Increased creativity, visualisation and intuition

Find out more about the Shichida program

Early Learning Centre Calendar

Once a week

Shichida Early learning Centre

50 minutes

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One parent or guardian per child


Max 6 students per class

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What makes Shichida different from the rest?

Shichida is a world-renowned teaching method backed by more than 60 years of evolving research into early childhood brain development.

The curriculum is age-specific, tailored to children’s attention spans and brain capabilities. At Shichida Australia, we fill in the gaps left by traditional education systems to equip our students with well-rounded skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

The Shichida Method is unique in that it also teaches skills most often associated with the right brain such as empathy, creativity, intuition, imaging and photographic memory. With all the research behind us, we invite parents into the classroom to learn how to become their child’s first and best teacher.

Visit your nearest early learning centre

Chadstone, VIC

Level 3, Central Tower
Chadstone Shopping Centre
1341 Dandenong Road
Chadstone VIC 3148

Call Chadstone Centre:
(03) 8673 5150

Chatswood, NSW

1/29 Albert Avenue
Chatswood NSW 2067

Call Chatswood Centre:
(02) 8973 9700

Doncaster, VIC

Level 4, Suite 4002
Westfield Shopping Centre (Office Tower)
619 Doncaster Road
Doncaster VIC 3108

Call Doncaster Centre:
(03) 9034 4990

Parramatta, NSW

Ground Floor, Office 1/7 Hassall Street
Parramatta NSW 2150

Call Parramatta Centre:
(02) 9099 1810

Highpoint, VIC

Level 4
Highpoint Shopping Centre
120-200 Rosamond Road
Maribynong VIC 3032

Call Highpoint Centre:
(03) 9888 6886

Glen Waverley, VIC

Unit MM09, The Glen,
235 Springvale Road
Glen Waverley, VIC 3150

Call Glen Centre:
(03) 9407 1698

Parents share their Shichida early learning centre experience…

“My son joined Shichida when he was 5 years old. My husband and I are both very happy with his progress. Now my son is a happy, positive and confident child who loves and enjoys learning. After attending Shichida early learning classes, we realised that the program not only benefits the child, but also teaches parents how to raise a child happily and successfully.”

– Miranda & Daniel (son, Shichida Graduate 2016)

“Thank you for the wonderful experiences that you have given Luke over the last 7 years at Shichida. The skills he has learnt through Shichida will last through his entire life. You have really helped and encouraged Luke to achieve such great things… Shichida has been such a huge part of our lives, we will really miss it.”

– Mark, Emily & Luke (son)

“I’ve noticed my daughter does remember things quite well, she can listen to songs only a few times and she remembers the tunes and the lyrics. She is one of the few kids in her class who can read at her age. Callum can count to 10. He sings the alphabet and he knows his colours and his shapes. He will sing along, it’s just play for him. There’s not that many programs out there for young kids, and you know why not? It doesn’t hurt them and they enjoy it. It does help them to develop to the best of their potential and their ability. They do an amazing amount of stuff in that one hour that I could not do at home with them.”

– Jane, Caitlyn (daughter) & Callum (son)

“Chloe has been attending Shichida Australia since she was 18 months old. I first heard about it on TV and thought it looked like an interesting program – mainly because it worked on skills like visualisation techniques, fine motor skills, confidence building and fun aspects of learning that didn’t seem to be offered in any other activities.This has really stimulated her learning, improved her concentration and helped her prepare for the transition to school. Shichida also gave us the tools to be able to incorporate opportunities for learning into everyday life – this has been incredibly helpful. The first time we realised that Chloe knew her numbers and letters was when my husband was out washing the car. He could hear her mumbling away and went to check up on her. She was just two at the time, and was reading our car’s licence plate!”

– Emily & Chloe (daughter)

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