Photographic Memory Stacks
Coluracetam + PRL-8-53
This stack has been suggested by the users of our nootropics group.
The combination of Coluracetam and PRL-8-53 seems to be the holy grail of nootropics by looking at the personal experiences on the web. The criticism we found about this stack is that PRL-8-53 cannot be used every day because it tends to build a tolerance to the positive effects pretty quickly. Also, dizziness was mentioned when using higher doses of PRL-8-53 (>10 mg).
Sunifiram + Noopept
This combination is extremely potent, as it acts on both BDNF and NGF (Noopept), as well as AMPA (Sunifiram), and, most important of all, it is extremely cheap, the cheapest photographic memory stack you can get. I would also add a choline source as Sunifiram has the tendency to cause headaches, and a choline source should help with this side effect. CDP-Choline, Alpha GPC, and Centrophenoxine are the best, but, if you are on a tight budget, Choline Bitartrate or Citrate, or even just Lecithin granules will suffice.
It is important to use small doses of this stack as it is extremely potent and could cause overexcitability (and impair cognition) and excessive glutamate release in high doses. The good idea is to take NMDA antagonist like Memantine or Huperzine A. If you end up using Huperzine A, do not take it with a choline source because excessive choline will cause depression and anxiety.
- Modafinil 100-150 mg
- Piracetam 1200-4800 mg
- Alpha GPC 750 mg
- Bacopa 500 mg (50% bacosides)
- Lion’s Mane 1-3 gr (30% polysaccharide)
- Acetyl-L-Carnitine 500-750 mg
- Picamilon 50-250 mg
This stack covers all the five main points in cognitive enhancement: choline, dopamine, neurotrophic factors, vasodilatation, relaxation.
To benefit from photographic memory, it is essential to have the motivation to read and focus on the material we are trying to memorize. This is where Modafinil comes in.
Piracetam and Alpha GPC help memorization, Lion’s Mane strengthens synapses, Bacopa help reduce anxiety as well as enhance memory consolidation, Picamilon is a vasodilator and anxiolytic.
- Noopept 10-20 mg (sublingual)
- Fasoracetam 10-15 mg (sublingual)
- Centrophenoxine 500 mg
- L-Tyrosine 1000 mg (on empty stomach)
- Ginkgo 240 mg (24% flavone glycosides)
- Bacopa 500 mg (50% bacosides)
- Acetyl L-Carnitine 500 mg
Here we have Noopept and Fasoracetam to enhance cognition and learning, Centrophenoxine as a choline source, L-Tyrosine for an extra dopamine (motivation) boost and Bacopa & Ginkgo to enhance memory and mood, as they are thought to augment each other.
- Phenylpiracetam 150-300 mg
- CDP Choline 750 mg
- Uridine 500 mg
- L-Theanine 300 mg
- Vinpocetine 10 mg
- ALCAR 500 mg
- Methylphenidate ER 10-20 mg
- Memantine 10 mg (start at 2.5 mg and work your way up slowly over 2-3 weeks)
- Nicergoline 10 mg bid (twice a day)
or NSI-189 20-40 mg bid
- CDP-Choline 500 mg
- Uridine 500 mg
- L-Theanine 400 mg
All Natural Stack
- Huperzine A
- Lion’s Mane
There are four techniques (mnemonic devices) that can help us achieve photographic memory, especially when combined with the aforementioned stacks.
- Speed Reading
- Method of Loci
- Dark Adaptation
- Tachistoscope Emulation
All methods have their pros and cons. You don’t have to learn all of them, typically 1 and 2 work best together, while dark adaptation and tachistoscope emulation are based on the same theory so you just have to pick one of the two.
Speed reading is a technique in which the trained speed reader can read faster by removing subvocalization (sounding out each word when reading) and all the unnecessary movements that an untrained eye does when reading a text, particularly books.
There are two main methods to make reading faster: Skimming and Scanning, and Meta guiding.
Since it is a long subject to cover, and the article is already pretty long, I’m not going to cover it here, but in a future article. For more information watch the video below, and consider buying Speed Reading book or try this Udemy course.
Method of Loci
The Method of Loci, frequently known as Memory Palaces consists of associating words and numbers to mental images. It is often used by mnemonists and professional poker players to memorize a large array of things, such as cards. Usually, it is done by visualizing in the brain a place you remember in detail and placing the things you want to remember in the form of evocative images (Loci).
To make it work, the Locis have to be something generic and not overly complicated, but, at the same time, they need to have a few distinct details that make them easy to remember later. Since the brain works through association, it is even better if you associate the Loci to something you have personally experienced, like a memory or feeling. Be creative! The most effective ways to create Locis is to think like you were still a kid – in fact, the majority of kids do have photographic memory due to their highly graphical memory and thinking.
Still confused? Watch the video below.
Dark Adaptation Method
According to the Opponent-Process Theory of Color Vision, whenever it suddently shifts to dark, a photo-negative image of what we were seeing gets stuck on the retina. This is the same concept behind the famous Jesus eye illusion on the right.
- 1. This system will take 1 month for you to develop a photographic memory, you must take 15 minutes every day and dedicate it to this training. For the first month, your eyes will take about 5 minutes time to adjust to daylight reading.
- 2. Find a dark room in your house, free of distractions for 15 minutes. I use the bathroom. The room must have a bright lamp or ceiling lamp.
- 3. Sit down next to the light switch with your book and paper that has a rectangular hole cut out of it the size of a paragraph.
- 4. Cover the page, exposing only one paragraph and hold the book out in front of you. Close your eyes and open, adjust distance so that your eyes focus instantly with ease on the writing.
- 5. Turn off light. You will see an after glow as your eyes adjust to the dark. Flip light on for a split second and then off again.
- 6. You will have a visual imprint in your eyes of the material that was in front of you. When this imprint fades, flip the light on again for a split second, again staring at the material.
- 7. Repeat this process until you can recall every word in the paragraph in order. You will be able to actually see the paragraph and read it from the imprint in your mind.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not get discouraged, it will work. It has been working for the military for 70 years.
- You will be developing this technique to a point where you will be able to execute this during the day, all day.
- Omitting even one day, can prolong training by as much as a week.
In World War II one way to help aircrew gunners improve their aircraft identification skills was to use a device called the tachistoscope. A tachistoscope is a device that flashes an image for just a few hundredth of a second. It was developed in 1904 at the Institute of Experimental Psychology at Leipzig University in Germany. The technique is described here. To make it work, you need a tachistoscope/image flashing app or software.
When the gunners were in darkened rooms during this training, their eyes became dark adapted. It was found that many of them were holding on to the split-second images after the images were no longer on the screen. With dark adapted eyes, the images could be retained for a few seconds.
A study was set up to see just what could be done with these retained images. The images were positives instead of the more familiar negative images you get if you stare fixedly for a few seconds at a picture or scene, then look away. Some subjects got so good at the process that after seeing a very short duration image of a page in a book, they could then read the page, from somewhere inside their heads. […]
The fact that some of the study participants could acquire a readable image of a whole book page suggests that their peripheral vision happened to be, or became, more acute than that normally found in the general population. […] The first few hundred times you try this, you’ll probably get blurred images because your eyeballs aren’t yet convinced to hold still during the exposure. The images will be there but doubled, usually vertically. […]
With lots of work, assuming you haven’t been put away, you should find that text in books shows up in blurry fashion, unreadable, but recognizable as fuzzy text. Large print documents may bring more rewarding results. As time goes on the acuity should improve to the point of readability.
Is having a photographic memory achievable? And is it something we would want, on a daily basis? I would like to end this post with a quote from Dr. Luria’s book:
“What effect does a remarkable capacity for memory have on other major aspects of personality, on an individual’s habits of thought and imagination, on his behavior and personality development? What changes occur in a person’s inner world, in his relationships with others, in his very lifestyle when one element of his psychic makeup, his memory, develops to such an uncommon degree that it begins to alter every other aspect of his activity?”
– A.R. Luria
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|1.||↑||The acute effects of combined administration of Ginkgo biloba and Bacopa monniera on cognitive function in humans. (2002)|
|2.||↑||Experiments in Photographic Memory (Phase 1: Guinea Pig)|
|3.||↑||Photographic Memory (Phase 2: Holy Shit)|