How is it possible to have vivid memories of something that never happened?
How can siblings remember the same event from their childhoods so differently?
Do the selections and distortions of memory reveal a truth about the self?
Why are certain memories tied to specific places?
Does your memory really get worse as you get older?
A new consensus is emerging among cognitive scientists: rather than possessing fixed, unchanging memories, we create recollections anew each time we are called upon to remember. As the psychologist Charles Fernyhough explains, remembering is an act of narrative imagination as much as it is the product of a neurological process. In Pieces of Light, he eloquently illuminates this compelling scientific breakthrough via a series of personal storiesA??a visit to his college campus to see if his memories hold up, an interview with his ninety-three-year-old grandmother, conversations with those whose memories are affected by brain damage and traumaA??each illustrating memory's complex synergy of cognitive and neurological functions.
Fernyhough guides readers through the fascinating new science of autobiographical memory, covering topics including imagination and the power of sense associations to cue remembering. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, Pieces of Light brings together science and literature, the ordinary and the extraordinary, to help us better understand the ways we rememberA??and the ways we forget.
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""Can you remember the first fish you ever caught?" In the author's view, memories are creatable rather than retrievable. His topics range from false memory to the way music is used in treating amnesia. Gildart Jackson narrates with an English accent and a professorial tone that shifts smoothly between the scientific information and the anecdotes about memory, including the author's own recollections of childhood. A discussion of age and memory includes the stories told by Fernyhough's grandmother and his memories of her final days. For these touching passages Jackson softens his voice to highlight their personal nature. Listeners seeking insight into their own recollections may learn from this work. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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