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A novelist and a neuroscientist uncover the secrets of human memory.

What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory?

With playfulness and intelligence, this audiobook answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties: our memory. The authors - two Norwegian sisters, one a neuropsychologist and the other an acclaimed writer - skillfully interweave history, research, and exceptional personal stories, taking listeners on a captivating exploration of the evolving science of memory from its humble Renaissance beginnings up to the present day. They interview experts of all stripes, from the world’s top neuroscientists to famous novelists, from taxi drivers to quizmasters, to help explain how memory works, why it sometimes fails, and what we can do to improve it. Filled with cutting-edge research and nimble storytelling, the result is a charming - and memorable - adventure through human memory.

©2018 Hilde Østby and Ylva Østby. English translation © 2018 by Marianne Lindvall. Foreword © 2018 by Sam Kean. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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As an individual who is not only working in academia and education but who also has a visual dysfunction saying this shouldn't be possible, I have long been fascinated with the intricacies of neuroscience and memory. I found myself on a few pages but much more, I found other people. People with memories I struggle to comprehend and patterns I have envied, explained in exciting ways that not only improve my ability to teach, but fill my mind with exciting questions yet to be answered and more work to do to understand our past, present and future.

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