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The changing nature of what we remember


Did you ever notice that your memory of an event changes depending on whom you’re with? Do you find yourself negotiating the details of a memory with friends or family? That’s normal, says science writer and psychologist Charles Fernyhough, author of Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Pasts, now in paperback.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb speaks with Fernyhough about the changing nature of what we remember.

Charles Fernyhough is a professor of psychology at Durham University in the U.K. His books include A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist’s Chronicle of His Daughter’s Developing Mind and the novels The Auctioneer and A Box of Birds. He’s a contributor to NPR’s Radiolab and blogs for Psychology Today.


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