We don't think much about memory until we're old enough to have forgotten some portion of what we've experienced. And then we wonder why it's so hard to call up certain events, and too easy to keep remembering what we'd rather forget.
For a rich perspective on memory, dip into The Act of Remembering: Toward an Understanding of How We Recall the Past, edited by cognitive psychologist John H. Mace, with chapters from major researchers around the world.
Lately, I'm particularly drawn to books on how we recall and forget parts of our own stories because my second novel involves personal narratives offered by characters at different stages of their lives.
Here are just a few of the facts I found enlightening:
All in all, this is a serious book about a most fascinating subject. What do you wish you could remember or forget?
Copyright (c) 2011 by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.