Pieces of Light

Charles Fernyhough

Shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

Main psychologist Charles Fernyhough blends essentially the most present science with literature and private tales in Items of Mild: How the New Science of Reminiscence Illuminates the Tales We Inform About Our Pasts.

A brand new consensus is rising amongst cognitive scientists: reasonably than possessing mounted, unchanging recollections, they’ve discovered that we create recollections anew every time we’re referred to as upon to recollect. In response to psychologist Charles Fernyhough, remembering is an act of narrative creativeness as a lot as it’s the product of a neurological course of.

An NPR and Psychology Immediately contributor, Dr. Fernyhough guides readers by way of the fascinating new science of autobiographical reminiscence, overlaying subjects equivalent to: navigation, creativeness, and the ability of sense associations to cue remembering. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, Items of Mild brings collectively science and literature, the strange and the extraordinary, to assist us higher perceive our powers of recall and our relationship with the previous.