“Live every day like you want to remember it for the rest of your life.”



My name is Markie Pasternak and I live with a rare ability called Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. I am one of around 60 people in the world identified with HSAM, and was confirmed to have the ability in 2015 through testing at the University of California Irvine.

If you want to learn about HSAM, you have come to the right place! My goal of this blog is to share my personal experience with HSAM through articles, videos, podcasts, and even some of my own writing.

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  • Introduction: More than a ‘Fun Fact’

    August 19, 2019 by

    The “tell me a fun fact about yourself’ questions must be pretty easy for you to answer, you have HSAM!”  I have heard this several times before in the context of ice breakers, job interviews, you name it. It seems pretty obvious what my fun fact should be.  Fun fact about me: I never use… Read more

  • Getaway Cars: Using HSAM to Escape the Present

    February 10, 2020 by

    It’s February 5th, and I am alive.  I said this to myself over and over again while doing some mindfulness meditation before work. Mindfulness meditation has helped me substantially as I have adopted the practice over the past year. The goal is to be in the present moment. This is a challenge for me having… Read more

  • Is Dating with HSAM Different? I Don’t Know, You Tell Me.

    November 24, 2019 by

    The number one question I can always count on being asked, specifically, in a TV interview about HSAM, whether it’s a local news segment or 60 Minutes, is: “What is your dating life like?” It’s always towards the middle of the interview. The person interviewing me will pause and say “so…I have to ask…”, and… Read more

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Interested in doing an interview?

I am very open talking about my HSAM! I have done interviews for NBC, Scientific American, Reader’s Digest, and 60 Minutes to name a few. If you are a reputable media company, please feel free to reach out via email.

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