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Chapter 6. KEY FUNCTION #2 VISUALIZING/I... > IS YOUR MEMORY MORE VISUAL OR AUDITO...

IS YOUR MEMORY MORE VISUAL OR AUDITORY?

The ability to visualize with near 100% accuracy is called eidetic memory. The popular term for this is “photographic memory.” Very few individuals are blessed with this unique talent. A noted mathematician, John Von Neumann, was such a person. According to a reporter writing in Life Magazine, Von Neumann, when eight years old, could memorize the names, addresses and phone numbers of an entire page in a phone directory “on sight.” He retained this ability all his life and was able to carry out complex mathematical calculations in his mind. Chances are you are not an eidetic. If you are, this book can’t do much for you. It was written for the other 99.99% of the world.

Some people seem to remember what they see. Others do a better job with what they hear. Regardless of which best describes you, our senses reinforce each other. Thus it is best to use both sensory modes to improve your memory. Psychologists agree that most individuals are either better at visual or auditory memorization. One psychologist, F.C.Bartlett after painstaking research of visual and auditory memorizers, characterized each as follows:


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