Pieces Of Light: How The New Science Of Memory Illuminates The Stories We Tell About Our Pasts

Paperback | January 7, 2014

byCharles Fernyhough

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

Leading psychologist Charles Fernyhough blends the most current science with literature and personal stories in Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Pasts.

A new consensus is emerging among cognitive scientists: rather than possessing fixed, unchanging memories, they have found that we create recollections anew each time we are called upon to remember. According to psychologist Charles Fernyhough, remembering is an act of narrative imagination as much as it is the product of a neurological process.

An NPR and Psychology Today contributor, Dr. Fernyhough guides readers through the fascinating new science of autobiographical memory, covering topics such as: navigation, 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 our powers of recall and our relationship with the past.

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science BooksLeading psychologist Charles Fernyhough blends the most current science with literature and personal stories in Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Pasts.A new consensus is emerging among cognitive scientists: rathe...

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Short-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, the Best Book of Ideas Prize, and the Society of Biology Book Awards • Book of the Year: Sunday Times, Sunday Express, and New ScientistA new consensus is emerging among cognitive scientists: rather than possessing fixed, unchanging memories, we create new recollections...

Charles Fernyhough is an award-winning writer and psychologist. His books includeA Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mindand the novelsThe AuctioneerandA Box of Birds. He has written for the Guardian, theFinancial Times, and theSunday Telegraph; contributes to NPR's Radiolab; blogs forPsychol...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006223790X

ISBN - 13:9780062237903

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“Exhilarating… Most strikingly Fernyhough breaks free from the ‘silo mentality’ separating science and art… makes a compelling case that memory ‘allows us to “see” time’, something of what happened then and of who we are today, albeit through what he delightfully calls its ‘slippery charms’.”