B Good Science Blog on “the man who could not forget”

Ben Good of the B Good Science Blog recently posted about mnemonists, whom Good defines as “individuals [who] have unfathomable memories and data recall.” In his excellent post, Good describes the case of Solomon Shereshevskii, a Russian man who was studied by famous psychologist and neuroscientist Alexander Luria:

Luria looked around the room and noticed that, unlike all the rest of the journalists, there was an individual not taking any notes. Luria confronted Shereshesvkii asking why he was not taking notes, at this point Shereshesvkii recited his entire talk back to word for word. Luria was stunned, as was Shereshesvkii who at this point had never realised that no one else had his perfect recall.

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