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.


“The Shichida method is amazing for the developing child's brain. In the initial years, they 'learn how to learn', and as the years go by we could see how these amazing fast processing and memory skills helped our children thrive in their learning journey. They prove to themselves that they can learn anything, and keep applying these skills to just about anything they encounter in life. Our 3 children having started as babies, have always loved their Shichida classes as it is done in a way that is always fun. We live as a multi- generational family where Grammy spent the most time with them as babies and toddlers. The best thing we did was to include her in attending classes with our eldest son, so we could get ideas of how to make every day filled with learning opportunities. Both parents and grandparents understood the methods, were supportive of the things they were taught weekly and follow through the learning at home. We have recommended the Shichida method to family members and they are also observing similar things in their little ones too.”

– Brenda, Solomon (9 years old), Rafael (7 years old) & Johanna (1.5 years old)

“Illy was born with Down Syndrome. Like any parent, we wanted to give her the best chance in life and started exploring therapies for her. When Illy was 6 months, we enrolled her into the program and she was there for the next 4 years.
The program has had a significant impact on Illy, especially in the areas of memory boosting and the ability to focus on activities for long periods of time. She never experienced any problems transitioning from childcare to Kinder and then to school. She also scored close to normal IQ levels in her assessment. Her therapists are always in awe of what she is capable of doing.
Illy is now in Grade 1 and progressing well with her reading and socialising. I highly recommend Shichida to parents of special needs children. They will benefit from the nurturing environment and fun and stimulating activities. Start them early to fully benefit from the program. We are forever grateful to Shichida for all they have done for Illy and our family.”

– Angeline & Illy (5 years old)

"This program isn’t like your standard music class or kinder gymnastics. It’s a whole-brain training program that uses puzzles, games, flashcards and songs to develop young children’s memory and problem-solving skills to give them the best start in life. The main thing for us is that my kids think it’s really fun. They love learning and what I love about the program is that they don’t see it as a chore. They get a real sense of achievement from all of this. Some people ask me if I’m trying to raise geniuses – I’m not. I just want to give my kids the best chance to succeed in life. I wasn’t exposed to these sorts of activities when I was young. I was always a really keen learner, but never knew anything like this. I wondered if I had been exposed to these activities, would I be doing something different now?"

– Michelle, Alric (8 years old), Jensen (5 years old) and Elise (3 years old)

“Matilda has always been hungry for information, she's a little firecracker, and Shichida just seems the perfect fit for us. She loves the mazes, and puzzles, and I've found that even without us trying to incorporate the learnings at home, she is bringing them home with her on her own. For example we have a giant tub of bug toys, and sometimes I'll see her playing with them and she has them grouped into their colours. Then the next time it will be by their size, or their type … the grouping and ordering of things just seems to come naturally to her now. I just feel like it's a really great start for kids, I want to fill her brain while it's in this sponge-stage, I don't want to miss this window.”

– Suzanne & Matilda (3 years old)

“Matilda has always been hungry for information, she's a little firecracker, and Shichida just seems the perfect fit for us. She loves the mazes, and puzzles, and I've found that even without us trying to incorporate the learnings at home, she is bringing them home with her on her own. For example we have a giant tub of bug toys, and sometimes I'll see her playing with them and she has them grouped into their colours. Then the next time it will be by their size, or their type … the grouping and ordering of things just seems to come naturally to her now. I just feel like it's a really great start for kids, I want to fill her brain while it's in this sponge-stage, I don't want to miss this window.”

– Suzanne & Matilda (3 years old)

Testimonials from past students of Shichida Australia.

"First of all, let me just say a big thank you to all the people who came here to the graduation ceremony today, especially Shiaoling and Vincent, who had the courage and commitment to start Shichida Australia because they wanted to help kids grow and become good people with kind hearts. My Shichida journey began with Sonia as my teacher. She holds a special place in my heart, and I want to thank her for teaching me a lot of things that helps me get by in life. I am grateful to her for that. The final two years of my Shichida journey ends with Simon. He has been a funny teacher and always makes me laugh. I thank him for having patience and giving me happy Shichida memories. I like his science experiments and funny stories. My favourite Shichida activity is doing Peg words, which helped me to develop my memory. Peg words are fun and enjoyable, and you can learn at the same time! I think they are linked to flashcards and Pi digits, which I also have loved learning along the way. These make up my favourite Shichida memories with my awesome teachers. So, thank you to everybody who made all of this 9-year Shichida journey possible for me. I hope I can honour you and Makoto Shichida’s memory by continuing to grow with a kind heart. I will miss you all very much, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

– Rémi, 10 years old, Year 5

"Shichida has given me a strong foundation for school, and I find that it's benefited me in more ways than I can count. It helped me learn to notice patterns and connections, so now I find that I can pick up new concepts quicker than most of my peers. Another thing Shichida has helped me with is to discover my love for writing. It's been very useful for essays in school, but moreover writing helps me express myself. Shichida's peg words have helped me with my memory, something that will definitely come in handy as I work through my VCE subjects in the coming years. Most of all, the attitudes of the Shichida teachers and the enthusiasm with which they approached their classes nurtured my love of learning, and I can't thank them enough for how much it has helped me throughout my life.”

– Jacqueline, 13 years old, Year 9 student, Haileybury

"I attended Shichida in 2009, and I now find myself reaching VCE. My two siblings had also attended Shichida after me, and we can all testify that Shichida had helped us to reach the point that we are at now. Shichida brings a new style of thinking and encourages a love of learning. It provided me with a solid foundation for primary school and allowed me to easily grasp new concepts and ideas. Even 12 years later, I still remember going to Shichida being the highlight of my week. I had recently returned to do work experience with Shichida, and although some things may have changed over the years, and I can say that the passion and drive in the teachers, as well as the fun songs and activities, have retained the same energy that just makes every child want to learn."

– Natalie, 16 years old, Year 10 student at MacRobertson Girls’ High School

"I’ve managed to memorise the first 60 accurately. It helps with memorising numbers that can save you a lot of time, such as page numbers in a book or a new passcode you set. It also helps with mental maths when multiplying three-digit numbers."

– J, 15 years old, a student at Kilvington Grammar

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