Jill Price: The Woman Who Can't Forget

Published on Thursday, December 04, 2008 in , , , , ,

The Woman Who Can't Forget by Jill PriceYou probably first heard about her back in 2006, in the news story Woman With Perfect Memory Baffles Scientists, where she was known only as “AJ”.

Back in May of this year, she revealed that her real name is Jill Price, and she's just written a book about how her perfect memory, called The Woman Who Can't Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science--a Memoir. Since she was 14, she is able to remember every day of her life. She can remember details of her life before that as far back as when she was only 18 months old, as well, but they aren't as strongly connected with particular dates.

This is due to a condition whose technical name is hyperthymestic syndrome, but which can be thought of as a perfect autobiographical memory.

Jill isn't the only person, or even the only woman, alive with this condition. Taxi star Marilu Henner also has it. Probably the most unusual version of this condition would Orlando Serrell, who only developed this condition at age 10, after being hit by a baseball.

As much as I talk about the positive and fun side of memorizing things in this blog, you have to remember that Jill has a perfect memory of not just the good things that happened to her, but the bad things, as well. It could be said to be just as much of a curse as it is a blessing.

Just this morning on Fox & Friends, Jill made an appearance in which she promoter her book and briefly showed off her skills:

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