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Would you want to remember every second of you life as if it had just happened?

By May 10, 2008 - 11:55am
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This story fascinates me. Jill Price remembers every single second of her life as if it just happened. Every show she has seen on television, every word she has said, every action she has ever taken.

And the emotion attached is as if the actions have just happened. Time can heal none of her wounds because memories never fade and the hurt of any situation never subsides.

Fading memories are not always a bad thing. Fading memories allow us to heal after a death and move on with life. Fading memories, once so vivid, take the sting of our pain away.

Price underwent indepth studies with doctors at the University of California-Irvine. Dr. James McGaugh led the team who studied her for six years. He found the results of his studies to be incredible.

According to the interview on ABC's 20/20 "Brain scans have now shown that parts of Price's brain are three times the size of those in other women her age. In 2006, the UC-Irvine team published a research paper about Price, proposing a new medical condition for her called hyperthymestic syndrome, meaning that she has a superior memory.

McGaugh says that the enlarged parts of Price's brain are areas also associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). "

Price's husband died of a stroke at the age of 42 and she feels the same emotional pain every day because the immediate memories of his death cannot fade as they do with someone of normal memory capacity.

This phenomena would be terrible to me, I think. I would hate to have this kind of memory. And her memory strength only applies to her personal self. She cannot memorize poems or facts. She simply cannot forget any experience she has had.

For more on this story click here http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Story?id=4813052&page=2

I'm wondering of anyone here would like this kind of super memory? Do you have an extraordinary memory and have a story to tell?

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Think I heard somewhere that the key to a happy life is a bad memory. I tend to believe that. So, I would fall in to the category of people who probably wouldn't want a super memory. Although I certainly wouldn't mind improving the memory I have. Can anyone offer any tips on how to improve my memory. I'm one of those who walks into a room and forgets someone's name within five minutes of meeting them. Any tricks anyone would like to share? Found a few here, but am in need of more.
I'd also be interested in hearing any stories related to the above post.

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