Memories and Other Stories

Friday, March 29, 2013

Are we all "unreliable narrators" of our own life stories? Charles Fernyhough, psychologist and the author of Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Paststalks about the act of remembering as an act of "narrative imagination" and what it means if memories are as much about the present as the past.



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Comments [3]

steve Rudin from Massapequa Park

I am wondering how those rare people who can remember every detail of their lives fit into this. There have been interviews with people who can tell you, apparently accurately, when it's been able to be checked, what they were doing on any random day, even many years ago. thanks. Steve Rudin

Mar. 29 2013 11:20 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Isn't it often difficult to know if a memory is "completely off" because the memories they're being compared to face the same effects?

Mar. 29 2013 11:13 AM

Does the author get into repressed/recovered memories at all? I'd be curious to see what he thinks of the concept. Is it possible to repress a memory of something traumatizing, like abuse or rape, and then remember it later either organically or through hypnosis, or - as with that rash of alien abduction and satanic ritual-related recovered memories a while ago - are these "memories" not actually real?

Mar. 29 2013 10:31 AM

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