Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory

By Charles Fernyhough

Synopsis: Memory is an essential part of who we are. But what are memories, and how are they created? A new consensus is emerging among cognitive scientists: rather than possessing a particular memory from our past, like a snapshot, we construct it anew each time we are called upon to remember. Remembering is an act of narrative as much as it is the product of a neurological process. Pieces of Light illuminates this theory through a collection of human stories, each illustrating a facet of memory’s complex synergy of cognitive and neurological functions.Drawing on case studies, personal experience and the latest research, Charles Fernyhough delves into the memories of the very young and very old, and explores how amnesia and trauma can affect how we view the past. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, Pieces of Light blends science and literature, the ordinary and the extraordinary, to illuminate the way we remember and forget.

Published: July 2012 | ISBN-13: 978-1846684487

Author’s Homepage: http://www.charlesfernyhough.com
Book’s Homepage: http://www.charlesfernyhough.com/pol.html
Author’s Blog: http://pieceslight.blogspot.com.au
Author’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfernyhough

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