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Memory is like a dog that lies down where it pleases

In Non-Fiction on March 12, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older
Is it true, as the novelist Cees Nooteboom once wrote, that ‘Memory is like a dog that lies down where it pleases’? Where do the long, lazy summers of our childhood go? Why is it that as we grow older time seems to condense, speed up, elude us while in old age significant events from our distant past can seem as vivid and real as what happened yesterday? Douwe Draaisma explores the nature of autobiographical memory. Applying a unique blend of scholarship, poetic sensibility and keen observation he tackles such extraordinary phenomena as déjà-vu, near-death experiences, the memory feats of idiot-savants and the effects of extreme trauma on memory recall.

Douwe Draaisma (1953) Professor History of Psychology at the University of Groningen, wrote the best selling Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older, How memory shapes our past which was translated in multiple languages. This book is both entertaining and educational, Draaisma’s bbok raises almost as many questions as it answers. He a blend of scholarship, poetic sensibility and keen observation in exploring the nature of autobiographical memory.

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