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eidetic image


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A mental image or memory that is extraordinarily clear and vivid, as though actually being perceived, a significant minority of children and a much smaller proportion of adults being capable of such imagery, according to some authorities. More specifically, it is a clear and vivid visual image representing a previously perceived stimulus, persisting for more than a few seconds and often for several or many minutes, appearing to be located in front of the eyes. It is distinguished from an afterimage, which does not have these properties. [From Greek eidetikos belonging to a (visual) image, from eidos form + -ikos of, relating to, or resembling]


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