Marilu Henner and her amazing memory

Published: December 20, 2010

Marilu Henner - also sometimes written as Mary Lou Henner -  most famous for her role as Elaine Nardo in the classic sitcom Taxi, last night appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes to document her incredible memory.

Henner, born Mary Lucy Denise Pudlowski on April 6th, 1952, is gifted with a rare ability called superior autobiographical memory. Her superior memory allows her to remember every day of her life as if it was yesterday, and often with people who have this trait they can recall memories from their earliest days.

Superior autobiographical memory is such a rare condition that only six people are known to have it, Marilu Henner being one of them.

The condition goes by a few names and is also referred to as Hyperthymesia, Piking or Hyperthymestic Syndrome. A study was conducted on the first person found to have super memory ability and the results were published in 2008.

For the first time ever five of the six were brought together by 60 Minutes, and during the show they discussed their experiences and feelings, the positives and the drawbacks of having such vivid memories.

One thing they all agree on is how surprising it is that so many people (family and friends) forget so many things.

Doctors were also brought in on the show to explain possible causes for the trait and they reported that MRI scans have shown people with Hyperthymesia have an enlarged temporal lobe, and their caudate nucleus is also oversized.

The caudate nucleus lies deep within the brain’s core. Doctors have discovered a connection between its over sizing and obsessive compulsive disorders in the subject. Experts are still unclear as to whether the increased size is due to memory exercise or if the subjects are born that way.

Hyperthymesia is different to photographic or eidetic memory, a condition where the subject is able to study an image for a short time then recall it in almost perfect detail for a while afterwards.

Please share your thoughts on Marilu Henner’s amazing memory by leaving a comment.

Other amazing individuals include Clayton Treska, Lance Armstrong, Josiah Viera and Shalane Flanagan.

images: turanfm.com, nature.com

Related Posts



Tweet this
Share


Published December 20, 2010 by in Celebrities
Tags: CBS 60 minutes, eidetic memory, Hyperthymesia, Hyperthymestic Syndrome, marilu henner, mary lou henner, photographic memory, Piking, superior autobiographical memory, taxi

15 Responses to “Marilu Henner and her amazing memory”

  1. Marilu Henner and her amazing memory - Celebrities - Celebrities …

    20. Dec, 2010

    [...] the original: Marilu Henner and her amazing memory - Celebrities - Celebrities … Post a comment | Trackback [...]

    Reply to this comment
  2. World Spinner

    20. Dec, 2010

    Marilu Henner and her amazing memory - Celebrities - Celebrities ……

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

    Reply to this comment
  3. [...] The Gift of Endless Memory – Superior Autobiographical Memory. Her report began: “It is oftenSuperior Autobiographical Memory - On December 19, 2010 – in a segment by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes (CBS) gave an extended report [...]

    Reply to this comment
  4. superior autobiographical memory | Trendy News

    20. Dec, 2010

    [...] Start News60 Minutes Tonight - Preview for 12/19: Marilu Henner Has Superior …CMRCelebrities With Diseasesall 13 news [...]

    Reply to this comment
  5. ginny zorn

    20. Dec, 2010

    I believe she has a good memory but think she is faking it to a point, she was talking really fast on a news interview and just had the jestures of somoene who is not being completely honest!

    Reply to this comment
  6. Autobiographical Memory

    20. Dec, 2010

    [...] her superior autobiographical memory on national. Marilu Henner was featured on 60 Minutes becaAutobiographical Memory - Marilu Henner, the former star of the '70s sitcom Taxi, wowed America this weekend when she [...]

    Reply to this comment
  7. News Databank :: Latest News :: Marilu Henner Memory

    20. Dec, 2010

    [...] Marilu Henner and her amazing memory - Celebrities - Celebrities …: Marilu Henner - also sometimes written as Mary Lou Henner - most famous for her role as Elaine Nardo in the classic sitcom Taxi, last night appeared on CBS? 60 Minutes to document her incredible memory.Marilu Henner and her amazing memory is a post from: Celebrities with Cancer - Readmore [...]

    Reply to this comment
  8. [...] Marilu Henner and her amazing memory - Celebrities - Celebrities …: Marilu Henner - also sometimes written as Mary Lou Henner - most famous for her role as Elaine Nardo in the classic sitcom Taxi, last night appeared on CBS? 60 Minutes to document her incredible memory.Marilu Henner and her amazing memory is a post from: Celebrities with Cancer - Readmore [...]

    Reply to this comment
  9. Marilu Henner Memory

    20. Dec, 2010

    [...] [...]

    Reply to this comment
  10. Good to know that Marilu Henner Memory | 12 Eyes

    20. Dec, 2010

    [...] Good to know that Marilu Henner Memory December 21, 2010 By admin Marilu Henner Can Remember Every Day of Her Life | Arts …: Marilu Henner can remember every day of her life in vivid detail, one of six in he world that has this kind of super memory. - ReadmoreMarilu Henner Talked About Her Amazing Memory On CBS | UK News: Dec 20, (PRINTWORDS NEWS) Many people say about money, many say about fame, but Marilu Henner can say about almost every day of her life. Marilu Henner appeared on the CBS show 60 Minutes on 19th December to discuss her amazing memory. Henner has a rare trait called superior autobiographical memory. She can recall each … - ReadmoreMarilu Henner outed as having rare memory powers | Hot Momma …: [HMG Celebrity News] - With the explosion of social networks many people barely bother to remember their names, but Marilu Henner remembers it all. Recognized as one of only six people known to possess ‘Superior autobiographical memory’ she can remember every day of her life. “For me, the closest thing to it is selected scenes … - ReadmoreMarilu Henner and her amazing memory - Celebrities - Celebrities …: Marilu Henner - also sometimes written as Mary Lou Henner - most famous for her role as Elaine Nardo in the classic sitcom Taxi, last night appeared on CBS? 60 Minutes to document her incredible memory.Marilu Henner and her amazing memory is a post from: Celebrities with Cancer - Readmore [...]

    Reply to this comment
  11. Marilu Henner and her amazing memory | LifeStyle Magazine

    21. Dec, 2010

    [...] Marilu Henner and her amazing memory is a post from: Celebrities with Cancer This entry was posted in Celebrities. Bookmark the permalink. ← Bruce Oldfield to be Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress Designer? [...]

    Reply to this comment
  12. Sameer

    21. Dec, 2010

    I like Mary Lucy Denise Pudlowski as much that i set it as my custom homepage. if you like it, just click on http://www.sleeksearch.com.

    Reply to this comment
  13. Tom Jackson

    07. Feb, 2011

    I have a friend that was tested by cal tech and has Hyperthymesia. I have been around him for years and these type of people ARE NOT fakes. I go back and test his answers and he is always correct.

    He can tell you the day of week and weather for any random date.

    Reply to this comment
  14. Taxi: Reverend Jim’s driving test : Cars Blog | Everything You should Know about Cars

    21. Feb, 2011

    [...] Marilu Henner and her amazing memory - Celebrities - Celebrities … [...]

    Reply to this comment
  15. Jacqueline

    18. Aug, 2011

    It was a rare experience to read about others having the same characteristic, that I have. I have had an unbelievably accurate memory, down to the floorplan of my first apartment (we moved out when I was 4, and I’m 36). Details come so clearly to me, I have a hard time understanding how anyone can forget anything. Nice to know that I’m just odd. There are people like me out there…..Yay!

    Reply to this comment
  16. Jacqueline

    18. Aug, 2011

    It was a rare experience to read about others having the same characteristic, that I have. I have had an unbelievably accurate memory, down to the floorplan of my first apartment (we moved out when I was 4, and I’m 36). Details come so clearly to me, I have a hard time understanding how anyone can forget anything. Nice to know that I’m just odd. There are people like me out there…..Yay!

    Reply to this comment

Leave a Reply