Anatomy and Art

a blog by Sara Egner

Improving Visual Memory

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I’ve often wished for a book of all the things I’ve ever known. Unfortunately, no such book exists, so I’m stuck with just what lasts in memory.  So naturally my interest was piqued when I came across the following article about a substance which boosts production of a protein called RGS-14 in the visual cortex and seems to improve visual memory.

Now this isn’t anything available to the public or even close to such a release, how interesting would it be if we really could obtain perfect visual memory from a pill.  I wonder how many would take it.

I’ve often been told by people with exceptional memories that such recall is more of a curse than a blessing.  I’ve been told that I’m lucky not to remember every horrible thing I’ve ever seen or experienced.  But even so, I would choose to remember more.  It’s always felt to me like forgetfulness just cheats you out of too much life, and too much knowledge.  I want those experiences, those sights, those moments back, all of them.

And of course, I can’t help but wonder as a medical artist, what might be achieved there.  If I could remember every contour of every dissection I’ve ever seen.  If I could perfectly recount the movements and structure of every person I had ever met.  Well it just seems like someone like me could do an awful lot with a talent like that.

And if nothing else, maybe I could save myself a little time by always knowing where I last left my keys.

Written by Sara

May 11th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

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