Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell about Our Pasts (Paperback)

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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 Scientist

A new consensus is emerging among cognitive scientists: rather than possessing fixed, unchanging memories, we create new recollections each time we are called upon to remember. As 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 illuminates this compelling scientific breakthrough in a series of personal stories, each illustrating memory's complex synergy of cognitive and neurological functions.

Combining science and literature, the ordinary and the extraordinary, this fascinating tour through the new science of autobiographical memory helps us better understand the ways we remember--and the ways we forget.

About the Author

Charles Fernyhough has written extensively on the implications of Vygotsky's theory, particularly for the emergence of verbal mediation in the preschool and early school years. He has previously co-edited a four-volume collection of critical assessments of Vygotsky's work (1999). He has been involved in three major longitudinal developmental studies with samples in Cambridge, Stoke-on-Trent, and Stockton-upon-Tees, along with several studies of psychosis-like symptoms in healthy adults and children. Recent articles have included work on the neuropsychology of voice-hearing, the stress diathesis model of schizophrenia, and a Vygotskian approach to the phenomenon of auditory verbal hallucinations. His introductory book on developmental psychology, A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mind, will appear in the United States in 2009.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062237903
ISBN-10: 006223790X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 2014
Pages: 305
Language: English