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The Human Google

Brad WilliamImagine being able to recall just about anything, your mind functioning as a nearly endless encyclopedic scrapbook of names, pictures, dates and events.

Wisconsin resident Brad Williams' total recall makes him a personified version of Google. His extensive memory allows him to recall almost any news event and anything he has experienced, including specific dates and even the weather.

"I was sort of a human Google for my family. I've always been able to recall things," the 51-year-old said.

Williams' type of detailed, exhaustive memory is called hyperthymesia and few known cases exist. Brad's brain scans are now being studied by neuroscientists at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the Univeristy of California, Irvine.

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National Geographic magazine ran an article recently about memory that featured a person who remembers every detail of every day since she was 11, as well as a person who instantly forgets everything that happens to him as soon as it happens:
http://spluch.blogspot.com/2008/01/squirrels-fake-it-to-fool-would-be.html

Do you have their names? I would be more than interested to find out more about them and perhaps share with the readers.

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