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:
The left brain relies on repetition to create memories but they are not properly stored.
The left brain predominantly relies on language, which is difficult for very young children, who rely heavily on images and sounds.
Connects elements together in a linear fashion (A B C) and relies on recollection of all aspects.
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.
The right brain takes a mental snapshot of images to create strong instant memories.
The right brain uses multiple categories such as colour, motion, shape and depth to process visual information
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.
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
Implicit eye for detail
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
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Parents share their Shichida 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 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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