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Adventures in Memory: Exploring the Science and Secrets of Human Memory

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A novelist and a neuroscientist uncover the secrets of human memory.

What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory?
With playfulness and intelligence, Diving for Seahorses answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties: our memory. The authors—two Norwegian sisters, one a neuropsychologist a
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Hardcover, 312 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Greystone Books (first published October 2016)
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Marie
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norwegian
Elsket denne boka! Fanget nysgjerrigheten og gled lett fram. Hvordan vi lagrer, sorterer og endrer minner. Hvordan hjernens hvilemodus faktisk er meget aktiv, ved å hvile i det å tenke bakover og fremover i tid. Spesielt spennende å lese om falske minner. Samspillet mellom søstrenes ekspertise fungerer godt. En referanse til Pixarfilmen "Innsiden ut" mangler og søstrenes tilgjorte dialoger kunne vært spart. Foruten dette er boka en varm anbefaling.
Buchdoktor
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ohne Geschichten und Erinnerungen gibt es keine Zukunftsvisionen!

Hilde und Ylva Østby arbeiten mit starken Bildern. Natürlich wollte ich wissen, was das Tauchen nach Seepferdchen mit dem menschlichen Gedächtnis zu tun hat – und schon hatten die Schwestern Østby mich als Leserin geangelt. Zunächst richten sie den Blick auf autobiografisches Schreiben und die Bedeutung der Erinnerung für Autoren (Proust, Murakami, Linn Ulmann, Knausgard, Buzz Aldrin).

Voraussetzung für das Erzählen unserer Lebense
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Vivi
Dypt fascinerende, lærerik og meget godt skrevet!
Må nok leses igjen, for det er mye informasjon å fordøye, uansett hvor bra forklart det enn er.
Furious Gazelle
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diving for Seahorses is a collaboration between sisters: the writer and editor Hilde Ostby and the clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Ylva Ostby; a necessary team, as this book artfully explores the history of human knowledge regarding memory.



The book takes its name from the hippocampus. As explained in the first pages, an Italian doctor named it the hippocampus (Latin for horse sea monster) back in 1564. This is the seahorse we’re diving for. This metaphor is stretched throughout the book (sometime
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Superstine
Føler meg litt slem som gir 2, for boka er jo spennende, rent faglig sett. Synes dog ikke det fungerer med denne søster-komboen med forfatter + nevropsykologen. Det flagrer, skurer og blir nesten teatralsk. Burde egentlig vært to separate bøker, en nevro + etellerannet skjønnlitterært av den andre søstera (så kunne jeg holdt meg til å lese nevro-boka). Innser, som alltid, at det er mulig jeg bare er feil publikum..
Caroline
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anbefales! Kommer sikkert ikke til å huske halvparten, siden denne boken består av mye fakta og teori, men det er veldig interessant.
Tracy Tibedo
OK, interesting but a bit long winded
Leah Rachel von Essen
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Diving for Seahorses: Exploring the Science and Secrets of Human Memory by Hilde Østby and Ylva Østby was a fascinating book about the mysteries that scientists are still digging into around our memory and how it works.

This is a well-written and deeply compelling book, easy to read, about the study of memory—both how we learned what we know now and what we are studying that we still don’t know. The most intriguing chapter for me was on false memory—on how we can ingrain false memories, on the i
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Espen
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
En forsåvidt interessant og grundig populærvitenskapelig gjennomgang av hukommelsen.

Store minus for å ukritisk gjenfortelle teoriene til forskere som er tilsynelatende uforenlige med moderne nevrobiologisk forskning. (Baddeley og i alle fall en annen litt tidligere i boka).

Det store problemet her, for meg, er forfatteren(e?)s (Hilde antar jeg) utrolig pretensiøse stil, som balanserer mellom å bruke de mest banale forfattertekniske "triks" med konstant gjentatte metaforer og frampek/tilbakeblik
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Biblibio
When one sister is a neuroscientist and the other is a writer, you're pretty much guaranteed an awesome collaboration. The book is an interesting mix of anecdotes and studies about the human brain and memory, wrapped up in a well-written literary style that makes the whole reading experience surprisingly entertaining (as well as educational!). Because the science is still so sketchy, Diving for Seahorses definitely ends up feeling a little incomplete, but in the way that a door has been opened a ...more
Tina
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Överlag bra och intressant. I vissa kapitel tyckte jag det var besvärligt med de ständigt hoppen mellan den inledande anekdoten och den sammanhängande texten. Det blev lätt att jag tappade tråden om vad som pågick eller var huvudtemat i den sammanhängande texten när det kom ett avbrott med dykning i fjordar eller fallskärmshopp för tredje, fjärde gången i samma kapitel. Så stundvis lätt rörigt, men samtidigt en givande läsning.
Carole Yeaman
I read lots of things on neurology: on-line and in magazines and books. Surprisingly, this book held lots of new findings -- new to me, anyway. It was published this year, so should be current (it seems to be). It is written in a style that clarifies and/or extends old facts as well. Took lots of notes, but may buy it after some consideration.
Nice to have your sister as your co-worker - this might account for its lightness in tone.
Irene Allison
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: human-landscape
Brilliantly written and full of fascinating details about memory's power and fragility, memory's ability to reach into the future, and memory's temptation to recreate what was never there.

I found this book captivating, full of interesting anecdotes and metaphor. It has left me with a deeper appreciation of the magnificence, magnitude, and power of human memory.
Billy Curry
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at how our brain works. The writer provided an informative narrative. There were some interesting parts to the books informal research with working professionals as well as some academic insights. I would like to have seen a little more discussion for effective application for the average person.
Anna van Koeverden
3.5 stars. Easy to read and pretty interesting, but I was left feeling like I don't really understand how memory works any better than before I read the book - however I think that is largely to do with the fact that a lot of it is still unknown. Maybe the authors should revisit this work in another 10 years.
Elin
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meget interessant bok om hukommelsen. ☺
Paulina
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Engrossing most of the time, but at the same time I did not find that I've learned too much
Bumblebeebookworm
Veldig bra bok om alle aspekter av hukommelse . Lærte spesielt mye av kapittelet om falske minner og glemsel . Synes dette og resten av boka er ting som burde kommer mer frem i lyset.
Elisabeth
Mister en stjerne fordi jeg ikke likte lydboka.
Richard
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very warm and engrossing read. Occasionally falls into waffle but for the most part this was thoroughly enjoyable
Bonnie Long
An uneven book, with tangents digressing from the focus on how our memory functions. For those with little knowledge in the area, it is an engaging read.
Julia
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
3.5 Sterne
Alayne
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at memory and how it works, and how much we still don't know about it. Well written, and well translated from Norse. Quite enjoyable.
Charlotte Haukaas
Godt skrevet, men jeg er på den andre siden i hukommelseskrigen.
Tina
Interessant bok, så utrolig mye man ikke tenker over. Men syns det var endel tunge partier innimellom som ødela en god flyt. Men alt i alt en veldig spennende bok.
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