Memory Wizards 60 minutes: Imagine being able to remember virtually every day of your life. As Lesley Stahl reports, it’s a kind of memory that is brand new to science

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The following script is from “Memory Wizards” which aired on Jan. 12, 2014. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Shari Finkelstein, producer.

You may — or may not — recall that a few years back, we brought you a story about a handful of people with memories that are almost unimaginable: name virtually any date in their lives, and they can tell you what they were doing that day, the day of the week, sometimes even the weather — all within seconds.  It’s a kind of memory that is brand new to science — literally unheard of just a decade ago.

After our story aired, the scientists studying this phenomenon were flooded with calls and emails. We were so intrigued, we decided to follow the research to see what further study might reveal about these remarkable memories and what it may mean for the rest of us. They now have many more subjects, including a 10-year-old boy.


To view Lesley Stahl’s original 2010 report, “Endless Memory,” click here

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