well it’s been a week since sept 16 and i remember everything that i want to perfectly for each day whether it was what i ate, where i went, what i did, what the gas prices were or even what the weather. it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort, these associations can be made during the day and reviewed in bed before going to sleep (it’s not necessary to review them more than 3 or 4 times if you space it out over a few night.
not only was i able to develop this seemingly autobiographical memory as soon as i wanted it, further reading around this forum has given me good right to be skeptical about people claiming to have natural and effortless autobiographical memory. daniel tammet for example is probably somebody who lied about his “natural” abilities and yet many scientists are convinced of his claims.
another bit of information that suggest I’m right for being skeptical is jill price, someone officially diagnosed with autobiographical memory, and guess what she was keeping one of the most detailed journals around! when confronted with the possibility she may have just memorized the whole journal, a researcher defends her by saying “Silly explanations are offered, like, she thinks about her life all the time. And therefore, memorizes her life in this amazing capacity,” he said. “That’s silly. There aren’t enough hours in the day. Do the math. There’s not enough hours in the day for her to be able to create this artificially.” as people who know how to memorize, all of our bs alarms should be going off right now!
even the possibility that jill price memorized everything using rote memorization it’s not really that silly or outlandish of a idea; after all areas of her brain associated with OCD behavior are three times the size they should be in a normal women!
so autobiographical memory seems to be a crock (at least to me), i do not believe these people are effortlessly remembering everything that happens in their lives. i even feel somewhat elated to know that i could possibly be memorizing my life faster, more efficiently, and permanently than anyone diagnosed with autobiographical memory just by using basic mnemonics. as an extra plus i can stop whenever i want since i don’t have OCD.
what are your thoughts though?