Is it possible that eidetic memory is more common in native Chinese readers than in other individuals?
The Sinitic languages constitute wonderful examples of tongues whose roots lie in pictures – each Chinese character, to specify, is composed of a series of pictorial components. Whilst some of these exist strictly for pronunciation, others harbor universal meaning. When a native reader of Chinese examines a text, his saccadic eye movements show us that he does not intake the information by following the stroke order of the character (id est, the order in which the components of the character are written). He, rather, observes the individual components of the entity, and then pieces them together to bring forth meaning. When he memorizes a character, he does so, again, by firstly observing the character in pieces. Could this be indicative of increased potential for eidetic memory in those who learn to employ the writing system at an early age? When some individuals with a particularly strong visual memory describe memorizing a scene, they note that they do so by simultaneously retaining information about each part of the picture before them. Is there a correlation possible here?