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eidetic \eye-DET-ik\
adjective: marked by or involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images
Examples:
Thanks to her eidetic memory, Kirsten was able to recall every last detail of what happened that night, including the colors of each person’s outfit.

“Jason Bateman, making his feature directing debut after directing episodes of his ‘Arrested Development’ series, plays an adult who uses a loophole to enter a spelling bee and whose eidetic memory all but guarantees he will win if he chooses.” — From a movie review by Duane Dudek in the Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee), March 27, 2014
Did you know?
“Eidetic” is the technical adjective used to describe what we more commonly call a photographic memory. The word ultimately derives from the Greek noun “eidos,” meaning “form.” The ability of certain individuals to recall images, sounds, or events with uncanny accuracy is a subject of fascination for researchers in the field of psychology. Among notable people who were reputed to have eidetic memories is the late television comic Jackie Gleason, who reportedly was able to memorize an entire half-hour script in a single reading.

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