Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older
How Memory Shapes Our Past
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Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older by Douwe Draaisma
Book DescriptionIs 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? In this enchanting and thoughtful 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 dej...-vu, near-death experiences, the memory feats of idiot-savants and the effects of extreme trauma on memory recall. Raising almost as many questions as it answers, this fascinating book will not fail to touch you at the same time as it educates and entertains.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521834247
(228mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Douwe Draaisma
Forgetting, Hardback (March 2015)
Does forgetting signal a failing mind? What can be done to ward off forgetfulness? Is there an upside to forgetting?
Nostalgia Factory, Paperback (August 2014)
You cannot call to mind the name of a man you have known for 30 years. You walk into a room and forget what you came for. These are common experiences, and as we grow older we tend to worry about these lapses. Is our memory failing? Is it dementia? This book focuses on memory in later life.
Here Lives My Home, Hardback (July 2012)
'Here Lives my Home' is a visual testimonial of photographer Eddo Hartmann.
Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older, Paperback (March 2012)» View all books by Douwe Draaisma
Draaisma applies a blend of scholarship, poetic sensibility and keen observation in exploring the nature of autobiographical memory.
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Author Biography - Douwe Draaisma
Douwe Draaisma is Professor of History of Psychology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He is the author of Metaphors of Memory (Cambridge, 2001).
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