In this week’s episode of Superhuman, the first competitor was a veteran who claimed that “photographic memory” was her superhuman skill. She ended up being one of the top three finalists this week, but didn’t win.
Others have competed on the show who excel at finding visual details, but that’s not the same as photographic memory (which is extremely rare, if it exists at all). The term photographic memory is one that the layperson would consider impressive, which is the whole purpose of putting her on the show. But we here know to be skeptical of such claims.
Does she know about memory competitions, and if so, why hasn’t she competed in the American one as far as I’m aware? I feel like I’d’ve recognized her name if she’d gotten a top score in a memory competition previously, as I did with fellow contestant Ram Kolli.
I learned the show was back on this summer at all through AlexM’s tweet about being on last week’s episode. I love seeing memory athletes and mental calculators on shows like this one because none of us claim to be anything special - memory techniques aren’t some sort of secret.