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The Proust EffectThe Senses as Doorways to Lost Memories$
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Cretien van Campen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685875.001.0001

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Remembering 20,000 digits of pi

Remembering 20,000 digits of pi

How memory artists use sense memories

(p.102) 11 Remembering 20,000 digits of pi
The Proust Effect

Cretien Van Campen

Julian Ross

Oxford University Press

After having seen the benefits that sense memories can have for people’s well-being in the previous chapter, in this chapter we look at some of the cognitive benefits. Two memory artists, Solomon Shereshevskii and Daniel Tammet, talk about the synaesthetic and eidetic perceptions that underlie their exceptional memory abilities. Both Shereshevskii and Tammet use these as a technique for remembering. They have very intense and multiple forms of synaesthetic and eidetic abilities, as a result of which they had a wide range of memory cues at their disposal as children, which has helped them to recall long series of digits.

Keywords:   extraordinary memory, synaesthesia, eidetic memory, anthropology

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