Friday, 15 July 2011

The Woman Who Can’t Forget

That's the story of AJ, an extraordinary 40-year-old married woman who remembers everything.

McGaugh and fellow UCI researchers Larry Cahill and Elizabeth Parker have been studying the extraordinary case of a person who has "nonstop, uncontrollable and automatic" memory of her personal history and countless public events. If you randomly pick a date from the past 25 years and ask her about it, she’ll usually provide elaborate, verifiable details about what happened to her that day and if there were any significant news events on topics that interested her. She usually also recalls what day of the week it was and what the weather was like.

The 40-year-old woman, who was given the code name AJ to protect her privacy, is so unusual that UCI coined a name for her condition in a recent issue of the journal Neurocase: hyperthymestic syndrome.

1 comment:

  1. Marilou Henner (Taxi) has this. Perfect for memorizing scripts! For some reason, I find it interesting that she can tell you what day of the week it was on any particular date. Don't know if that includes BEFORE she was born. I think she has a book out. My mother-in-law claims to remember everything, but I never really explored that with her. she's already too spooky for me. I, on the other hand, appear to forget almost everything except small and unimportant details.