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Why life speeds up as you get older : how memory shapes our past

Author: D Draaisma
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Douwe Draaisma, author of the internationally acclaimed Metaphors of Memory, explores the nature of autobiographical memory. Applying a unique blend of scholarship, poetic sensibility and keen observation he tackles such extraordinary phenomena as deja vu, near-death experiences, the memory feats of idiots savants and the effects of extreme trauma on memory recall. Raising almost as many questions as  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: D Draaisma
ISBN: 0521834244 9780521834247
OCLC Number: 55146411
Language Note: Translated from the Dutch.
Description: ix, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 'Memory is like a dog that lies down where it pleases' --
Flashes in the dark: first memories --
Smell and memory --
Yesterday's record --
The inner flashbulb --
'Why do we remember forwards and not backwards?' --
The absolute memories of Funes and Sherashevsky --
The advantages of a defect: the savant syndrome --
The memory of a grandmaster: a conversation with Ton Sijbrands --
Trauma and memory: the Demjanjuk case --
Richard and Anna Wagner: forty-five years of married life --
'In oval mirrors we drive around': on experiencing a sense of déjà vu --
Reminiscences --
Why life speeds up as you get older --
Forgetting --
'I saw my life flash before my eyes like a film' --
From memory --
Portrait with Still Life.
Other Titles: Waarom het leven sneller gaat als je alder wordt.
Responsibility: Douwe Draaisma ; translated by Arnold and Erica Pomerans.
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'It is a joy to read with chapters on deja vu, savants, trauma and first to last memories, providing a fresh and cogent look at how and why we remember.' Publishing News 'Douwe Draaisma, a historian Read more...

 
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