Take a plunge into the science of memory, together with sisters Hilde and Ylva Østby, in Diving for seahorses (Å dykke etter sjøhester).
The writers explore the many facets of memory and how it influences our lives, both from a neuroscience perspective and through conversations with some of the most influential memory researchers of our time. They meet people with a special kind of memory – at both ends of the memory spectrum from mnemonists, actors and taxi drivers, to amnesiacs – and discover that most memories are transformed and some are best forgotten. In the middle of winter, they send divers deep into the Oslo fjord in search of where our memories are stored. They wonder if what lies at the heart of memory is what will change our future.
Diving for seahorses explains memory through personal and vivid tale telling, combining the best of two craftsmanships: Hilde is a novelist, and Ylva is a neuropsychologist.
‘From the first page, it is clear that the Østby sisters have both a good grasp of the topic and skill in literary presentation. The text moves effortlessly between presentation of facts, interviews and reportage. The patient histories which are obligatory in books about neurology are often tragic. Here, they are narrated vividly and with a degree of empathy which I usually find lacking in such literature. As a reader, I value factual prose which places its topic in a wider context. The authors are very successful in this when for example they link research into memories of the Utøya massacre with the case of the murder of Birgitte Tengs. The story of how this latter case changed political praxis is in itself sufficient for me to encourage you to go ahead and read this book.’
'...readable and interesting. ...Reading this book will leave you baffled about how complex memory is.'
'Diving for seahorses is a unique book about memory … science and research presented with wit and energy.’
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