In the Palaces of Memory: How We Build the Worlds Inside Our Heads by George Johnson, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
In the Palaces of Memory: How We Build the Worlds Inside Our Heads

In the Palaces of Memory: How We Build the Worlds Inside Our Heads

by George Johnson
     
 

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Even as you read these words, a tiny portion of your brain is physically changing. New connections are being sprouted--a circuit that will create a stab of recognition if you encounter the words again. That is one of the theories of memory presented in this intriguing and splendidly readable book, which distills three researchers' inquiries into the processes that

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Even as you read these words, a tiny portion of your brain is physically changing. New connections are being sprouted--a circuit that will create a stab of recognition if you encounter the words again. That is one of the theories of memory presented in this intriguing and splendidly readable book, which distills three researchers' inquiries into the processes that enable us to recognize a face that has aged ten years or remember a melody for decades. Ranging from experiments performed on the "wetware" of the brain to attempts to re-create human cognition in computers, In the Palaces of Memory is science writing at its most exciting.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This elegantly written investigation of the memory-storing process includes reports from biologist Gary Lynch, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Cooper and philosopher Patricia Churchland. Illustrated. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307765468
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/22/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
3 MB

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