LURIA THE MIND OF A MNEMONIST PDF

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Shereshevsky participated in many behavioral studies, most of them carried out by the neuropsychologist Alexander Luria over a thirty-year time span. He met Luria after an anecdotal event in which he was told off for not taking any notes while attending a work meeting in the mids. Along the years Shereshevsky was asked to memorize complex mathematical formulas, huge matrices and even poems in foreign languages and did so in a matter of minutes.

On the basis of his studies, Luria diagnosed in Shereshevsky an extremely strong version of synaesthesia , fivefold synaesthesia, in which the stimulation of one of his senses produced a reaction in every other.

For example, if Shereshevsky heard a musical tone played he would immediately see a colour, touch would trigger a taste sensation, and so on for each of the senses. Take the number 1. This is a proud, well-built man; 2 is a high-spirited woman; 3 a gloomy person; 6 a man with a swollen foot; 7 a man with a moustache; 8 a very stout woman—a sack within a sack.

As for the number 87, what I see is a fat woman and a man twirling his moustache. The above list of images for digits is consistent with a form of synesthesia or ideasthesia known as ordinal linguistic personification but is also related to a well-known mnemonic technique called the number shape system where the mnemonist creates images that physically resemble the digits.

Luria did not clearly distinguish between whatever natural ability Shereshevsky might have had and mnemonic techniques like the method of loci and number shapes that "S" described. Shereshevsky had an active imagination, which helped him generate useful mnemonics. He claimed that his condition often produced unnecessary and distracting images or feelings. He had trouble memorizing information whose intended meaning differed from its literal one, as well as trouble recognizing faces , which he saw as "very changeable".

He also occasionally had problems reading, because the written words evoked distracting sensations. An example of the difficulties he faced in daily life:. One time I went to buy some ice cream I walked over to the vendor and asked her what kind of ice cream she had. But she answered in such a tone that a whole pile of coals, of black cinders, came bursting out of her mouth, and I couldn't bring myself to buy any ice cream after she had answered in that way His memories were so strong that he could recall them after many years.

After he discovered his own abilities, he performed as a mnemonist; but this created confusion in his mind. He went as far as writing things down on paper and burning it, so that he could see the words in cinders, in a desperate attempt to forget them, though some mnemonists have speculated that this could have been a mentalist's technique for writing things down to later commit to long-term memory.

In summary, his astounding memory has been taken as example of how the development of a skill can affect others. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Russian mnemonist. Retrieved August 1, The New Yorker , August 12, The mind of a mnemonist: a little book about a vast memory. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Art of Memory Forum. September 22, Categories : births deaths Russian journalists Mnemonists. Hidden categories: Articles with short description Articles with hCards Articles containing Russian-language text Articles with Russian-language sources ru. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.

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Shereshevsky participated in many behavioral studies, most of them carried out by the neuropsychologist Alexander Luria over a thirty-year time span. He met Luria after an anecdotal event in which he was told off for not taking any notes while attending a work meeting in the mids. Along the years Shereshevsky was asked to memorize complex mathematical formulas, huge matrices and even poems in foreign languages and did so in a matter of minutes. On the basis of his studies, Luria diagnosed in Shereshevsky an extremely strong version of synaesthesia , fivefold synaesthesia, in which the stimulation of one of his senses produced a reaction in every other. For example, if Shereshevsky heard a musical tone played he would immediately see a colour, touch would trigger a taste sensation, and so on for each of the senses. Take the number 1. This is a proud, well-built man; 2 is a high-spirited woman; 3 a gloomy person; 6 a man with a swollen foot; 7 a man with a moustache; 8 a very stout woman—a sack within a sack.

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The man, who would become known in the psychological literature as S. That morning, the editor had noticed that S. When he confronted S. The editor picked up a newspaper and read at length from it, challenging S. When S.

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