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Would You Really Want to Have a "Super-Memory"?

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Jill Price, 43, a Los Angeles religious school administrator, has a constant flood of memories in which she sees daily life as a sort of "split-screen", whereby present day events, like TV programs, songs, etc, serve as cues to past memories that she cannot suppress.

Price feels tormented by this never ending flood of memories. MRI scans performed on Price's brain in 2006 shows she has two abnormally large areas called the caudate nuclei.

These areas are "typically used for memory when forming automatic habits - and a part of the temporal lobe that stores facts, dates and events," according to information USA Today received from Larry Cahill, a neuroscientist from the University of California - Irvine. Cahill is helping head a project on super-memory.

Three men in the U.S. have Price's condition, but are not bothered by it. Gender differences in the brain could be responsible for this, according to Cahill.

Scientists are doing research on these large areas of the brain in order to help better understand how memory works. In the meantime, Jill Price's head is swimming with an onslaught of memories, the likes of which we cannot imagine. Personally, I will try my best to never again become irritated by my forgetfulness.

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