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Book Title: Pieces of Light: The new science of memory|
The author of the book: Charles Fernyhough
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Edition: Profile Books
Date of issue: July 5th 2012
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This intriguing book is mostly about the psychological aspects of memory. Charles Fernyhough makes it very clear that the mind does not retrieve stored memories, but instead it reconstructs them. It mentions the various components of the brain, but has little to do with the microscopic level of neurons, synapses, and the internal wiring of the brain. There is some discussion of brain scans, but mostly it deals with psychological studies of memory.
Much of the book is anecdotal, while other parts describe various psychology experiments. Fernybough describes how some very young children can recall events, and how these memories are later lost. He describes post-traumatic stress syndrome, and how it can affect memory. He describes, mostly anecdotally, how memories that are thought to be lost can later be retrieved by triggers of smell, language, and an odd assortment of other things. And, he relates how false memories can be constructed through the power of suggestion.
This is an easy-to-read book, but much of it is not science. It is a collection of fascinating anecdotes. The author admits as much; "‘I set out to write about some science, and I ended up by telling a lot of stories." Maybe the subtitle should be changed, to better fit the subject of the book.
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