Sunday, March 26, 2006

Woman with perfect memory baffles scientists



'"The woman who can't forget" remembers trivial details as clearly as major events. Asked what happened on Aug 16, 1977, she knew that Elvis Presley had died, but she also knew that a California tax initiative passed on June 6 of the following year, and a plane crashed in Chicago on May 25 of the next year, and so forth. Some may have had a personal meaning for her, but some did not. "Here's a woman who has very strong memories, but she has very strong memories of things for which I have no memory at all," [memory expert James] McGaugh says. That became particularly clear one day when he asked her out of the blue if she knew who Bing Crosby was. "I wasn't sure she would know, because she's 40 and wasn't of the Bing Crosby era," he says. But she did. "Do you know where he died?" McGaugh asked. "Oh yes, he died on a golf course in Spain," she answered, and provided the day of the week and the date when the crooner died...' More

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