highly superior autobiographical memory


: the uncommon ability that allows a person to spontaneously recall with great accuracy and detail a vast number of personal events or experiences and their associated dates : hyperthymesia
Highly superior autobiographical memory allows one to recall the day, date and year of any major celebrity death they took note of, to remember what they had for dinner and how the weather was on any given day of any month and year, and to list off the matchups of their favorite sports teams like anyone else could only do by reading off of Wikipedia.Johnathan Winslow
People with an extremely rare condition called "highly superior autobiographical memory" have the ability to remember every single event in their lives from a certain date in their childhood onward. If you ask them about an event they can remember the exact date, the weather and what they ate for lunch that day—and they can visualize it as vividly as if it happened yesterday.Zoe Epstein

Word History

First Known Use

2011, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of highly superior autobiographical memory was in 2011

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“Highly superior autobiographical memory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highly%20superior%20autobiographical%20memory. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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