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Pieces of Light: The new science of memory (Paperback)

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Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize 2013 and the 2013 Best Book of Ideas Prize.



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.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyCognition & cognitive psychologyMemory Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 04/07/2013 ISBN-13: 9781846684494  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Charles Fernyhough is the author of two novels, The Auctioneer (Fourth Estate), and A Box of Birds(Unbound), and has contributed to the Guardian, TIME Ideas, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Sydney Morning Herald, and Focus Magazine. He has published many scientific articles on the relation between language and thought, and his ideas on thinking as a dialogue with the self have been influential in several fields. He is a part-time Professor in Psychology at Durham University, where he directs Hearing the Voice, a project on inner voices funded by the Wellcome Trust.

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