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Pieces of Light ➹ [Read] ➵ Pieces of Light By Charles Fernyhough ➼ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 Fer 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 Pieces of Kindle - each illustrating memory's complex synergy of cognitive and neurological functionsCombining 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.


10 thoughts on “Pieces of Light

  1. David David says:

    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 suggestionThis 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


  2. Joanne Harris Joanne Harris says:

    Fascinating Learned; plausible; well researched; beautifully written yet accessible enough for a non scientist to enjoy and understand The writer uses his own memories as well as case studies to challenge and explain the nature of what we remember and how the process of remembering affects and sometimes changes existing memories Ought to be recommended reading for anyone who still believes in the infallibility of one's own memory or that of eyewitness testimony Thrillers are rarely this thrilling


  3. Nicky Nicky says:

    This is rather anecdotal than I’d hoped often exploring memories through Fernyhough’s relationship with his own memories memories of his father teaching his children about his father comparing his memories of a place to re experiencing the place later on etc etc Some of this is fascinating — especially his interviews with his grandmother recording all the stories she had to tell It’s a very personal thing not scientific but it’s interesting all the same; I sometimes get the same urge with my grandmother just to capture the weird things she says sometimes that she trots out like proverbs and yet no one has ever heard beforeThere are some discussions of scientific stuff and most of it seemed perfectly solid from what I know from other authors; it’s just under the sea of anecdotal data I don’t feel like I learned much There’s nothing wrong with the writing style or the content but it’s H is for Hawk than scientific


  4. Kurt Kurt says:

    The main premise of this book is a good one the current state of neuropsychological research into the nature of memory suggests that it is reconstructive in nature you don't really have many full scenes stored away in your head right now like many images and facts that you reconstruct into a meaningful narrative each time you remember and various factors make those narratives or less reliable when it comes to factual accuracy Fernyhough explores this concept in many ways trying to familiarize himself with locations he hasn't inhabited for years looking at the phenomenon of siblings unable to determine the rightful owner of a memory contemplating the ethical implications of helping his children remember their deceased grandfather in a particular light engaging with a SenseCam that takes automatic photographs as a tool for helping build memories for the memory impaired I appreciate the way that Fernyhough summarizes a variety of scientific studies and includes examples from his own life My problems with the book are that it didn't seem to cohere into a whole each chapter was discrete and it took some work reconstructing appropriately enough the central theme of the book and that it was ponderously dull throughout Fernyhough is fascinated by the idea of what people recall as our earliest memories but they are singularly uninteresting in their details light in a nursery window a field spotted over a fence pushing a toy along a carpet and while I appreciate his integrity in pursuing accurate information without sensationalism or distortion the result is a book about a specialized field of research using examples that probably will not engage many readers and I can't recommend this book for anyone with just a casual interest in the subject I like the idea of a college professor encouraging students to read a relevant chapter or two to aid in classroom discussion but I don't see this book catching on with a wider audienceI received a free copy from the Vine program


  5. Tortla Tortla says:

    I need to own this book so I can flip through it when I want to remember the coolest facts about memory as narrated by the man who is my new hero Ironically I can't retain this much awesome information in my head so I reuire a non library copy to remain in my possession for reference Yup Mr Fernyhough you're my new hero You're British and you write thoughtfully and in depth about memory which is like my favorite subject ever and you interviewed your ninety three year old grandmother about her memories which was like my favorite hobby during the seven months I lived down the street from my own 92 year old grandmother though I never recorded the discussions for transcription like you did You referenced AS Byatt and Bruno Bettelheim and your life and the lives of others and scientific factsYou made me feel thoughtful and hopeful and a little nostalgic And you named your daughter Athena


  6. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    I wish this book had been written last year It would have been so useful for my dissertations Fernyhough wants to debunk the popular conception of memory as a kind of filing cabinet Harry Potter's penseive comes to mind and instead show us how we create memories in the present moment using data from the past that is stored in the brain It's a completely readable book which patiently and sensitively discusses the human need to make memory 'conform to its master' in the present whilst remaining true to what actually happened There is a kind of constant tension hereHe looks at how memory works on a neurological science basis which is fascinating for someone who knows so little about how the brain functions and also uses fiction to illustrate how this pans out in the way that we tell stories to ourselves and to each other One of the most interesting things that I learnt was the way that memory and imagination are directly linked Our ability to create memories about the past mirrors our ability to imagine ourselves in the future and brain activity is remarkably similar for both processes He sometimes seems a bit sentimental and wishy washy but that's because he's being really brave actually in occasionally using himself as a test subject and investigating the way that he remembers personal things that matter to him I have great respect for this as looking at the way you remember create your own personal narrative could be a scary prospect reuiring a lot of self honesty and a genuinely analytical approachIf you are a memory geek like me you will love this


  7. Holly Holly says:

    This was perfectly fine uite interesting explorations though not so different from reading Joseph LeDoux or Daniel Schacter Fernyhough is a good writer who also seems like a wonderful teacher and father Something about the book didn't excite me too much though I can't really put my finger on why except to say that it's uite anecdotal and I often grew bored during the anecdotes of his own childhood and his parents' lives and his children and his grandmother Though I enjoy memoir and first person fiction I didn't wish to read personal anecdotes by a brain researcher Maybe his style was missing something here I'm not sure When he uses examples from novelists Proust Hilary Mantel AS Byatt Penelope Lively WG Sebald I was happierI'd been expecting at least a chapter on highly superior autobiographical memory and was disappointed that there was none The term is hyperthymesia which I know from my own reading not from Fernyhough naming it I'm interested because I possess some of it myself though not any sort of extreme case not Marilu Henner like and not like Jill Price I have my own theories on why I can recall so much it simply involves going back over everything that happens to me thinking about past events a lot re hearing and re seeing memories and conversations as well as always being conscious of where i am in the present what the date is the context of the the event putting things in order in seuence and lots of reflection etc He does mention Jill Price but only in the context of a short discussion of people with disordered memory who are cursed with remembering everything I learned that some researchers now prefer to say déjà vécu already lived rather than dévà vu already seen And protein synthesis that underlies long term potentiation the physical changes in synapses that lead to persistent memory traces and the factors such as sleep that may play a role A crucial aspect of this process reconsolidation The phenomenon of reconsolidation shows that every time a memory trace is accessed it becomes unstable for a brief time until it can be consolidated againOn PTSD An event that will scar one persons for life will be shrugged off and forgotten by another Conversely PTSD diagnoses are occasionally made in response to events such as minor car accidents and overhearing sexual jokes at work which many would judge unpleasant but hardly the stuff of trauma What is undeniable is that PTSD is at root a disorder of memoryI liked this bit Novelist Penelope Lively described how with advancing age she had become conscious of memory's ability to let us access the past on demand In old age you realize that while you're divided from your youth by decades you can close your eyes and summon it at will The idea that memory is linear is nonsense What we have in our heads is a collection of framesStill looking forward to reading Fernyhough's newest book The Voices Within The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves


  8. Lynn Lynn says:

    This is a fascinating book about thought and memory What is your first memory? Can false memories be put into someone's head? What causes traumatic flash back memories? Why can five people experience the same event and have five different versions of the story? How much of what I remember is gleaned from stories people tell rather than from my memory? If you find these uestions fascinating you will like this book It is well written well researched and easy to comprehend


  9. Kaeli Wood Kaeli Wood says:

    wow this was a fantastic book i thought about my memories in a way i never had before and it was at times disuieting and at times comforting i was worried that the scientific approach to the way our brains hold onto our pasts would make me doubt my own stories would remove the magical uality of remembering but the sensitive at times literary way fernyhough examines memory removes this trouble our memories are valid even if they are falsified i especially liked learning about how children hang onto their memories how soon they develop them he reports noticing his few week old baby develop memories that allowed her to predict what would happen every time after her bath she knew she would be laid down near a pretty blue curtain and would turn her head anticipating seeing it he also reports interviews with a 2 year old who can remember details from a hospital stay when he was 5 months old despite the fact that his parents had been instructed by the researchers not to talk to him about it and thus jog his memory i thought this was pretty extraordinary these are just a few of the fascinating case studies in the book; you can read about how trauma memories work how memories work as we age and how memories change over time really this review is messy but the bottom line is that this book was so so interesting


  10. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    Not bad but not great It is a got a little too much fluff and not enough meat Some interesting tidbits like three uarters of people have suffered a traumatic incident in their lives but only 8% get PTSD Those that do tend to have a smaller hippocampus so memory may be involved in PTSD There is a lot of stuff on how memories are constructed and changed each time we remember an episode and how unreliable memory can be But a lot of fluff with these bits I wish he would put science in and less story


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