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Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting

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A fascinating exploration of the intricacies of how we remember, why we forget, and what we can do to protect our memories, from the Harvard-trained neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice.

Have you ever felt a crushing wave of panic when you can't for the life of you remember the name of that actor in the movie you saw last week, or you walk into a room only t
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 23rd 2021 by Harmony
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Petra X is emotionally in a 14.5 year old state
This is kind of a mash-up book, science and self-help. I usually dislike self-help books but this one was interesting because it wasn't going on about mnemonic training but how to make a memory in the first place (rather than forgetting) and how to optimise studying to fit in with how the brain works. I hope I remember the advice :-)

Short-term memory is stored in the hippocampus, should you treat this organ badly - too much stress bathes it in cortisol and not enough sleep are both very bad - t
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Yun
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review-copy
Memory is such a fascinating thing. How do the mechanics of it work? How do we choose what we remember? What about all the things we forget? And what happens as we grow older and our memory starts to decline?

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting tackles all of these questions and more. It's divided into three parts: How We Remember, What We Forget, and Improve or Impair. Part one goes through each of the different types of memory and how they are formed. Because I came into t
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Lisa of Troy
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Why can you remember almost every detail of your wedding and almost nothing about yesterday? Why can't you remember where your car is parked? Lisa Genova, neuroscientist, answers these questions and takes us on a journey of how memories are created and maintained.

On a personal level, I picked this book up for two reasons. One: In my late 20's, I was experiencing memory blocks. Certain sections of important memories would be temporarily blocked with no notice as to which memories would be inacces
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JanB
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How do we remember? How do our brains store memories and recall them? What impacts memory? How can we improve our memory? Divided into 3 parts: How We Remember, Why We Forget, and Improve or Repair, this book answers all these questions and more.

Sound boring? Let me assure you it is anything but. The author has a PhD from Harvard in neuroscience but just as she does with her fiction books, she writes in a conversational way, using personal experiences from her own life to make the information m
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Will Byrnes
…your memories for what happened…are wrong
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Your memory isn’t a video camera, recording a constant stream of every sight and sound you’re exposed to. You can only capture and retain what you pay attention to.
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Just because memory sometimes fails doesn’t mean it’s in any way broken. While admittedly frustrating, forgetting is a normal part of being human.
I will start off with what this book is not.

Sticking - Before I began reading Remember I wanted to get m
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Regina
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When you read hundreds of books a year like I do, people often ask how you can possibly remember details about them all. The honest answer is I don’t. What I do remember is how each and every one made me feel.

Novelist and neuroscientist Lisa Genova’s first nonfiction book, Remember, made me feel better, relieved, and normal. Alzheimer’s runs in my family (as it does for far too many people), so anytime a word fails me or a memory escapes me I worry all is lost. Here Genova explains in a very app
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Liz
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Genova’s fiction. And I have family members that have had or are suffering from dementia. So, it was an easy decision to read her nonfiction book on memory and how we remember.
I immediately appreciated her putting my fears to rest. All those “forgotten” memories? They weren’t forgotten. They were never formed in the first place because I wasn’t paying attention!
The book truly is fascinating. Genova consistently assures us we are not losing our minds. Tip of tongue
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Elyse  Walters
“Could you draw both sides of a penny with total accuracy from memory right now?
How can you both remember a penny and yet remember so little about it? Is your memory failing?
It’s not. It’s doing exactly what it supposed to do”.
‘whew’!!!!.... I could relax before reading the rest of the book 🤸‍♀️🧘🏻‍♀️....
My brain is “doing exactly what it’s suppose to do”!!!
Yippy!!! 🥳

Lisa Genova goes on to say...
“Your brain is amazing. Every day, it performs a myriad of miracles—it sees, hears, tastes, smell
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Carolyn
Lisa Genova's new book on memory offers some fascinating insights into how our brain not only forms and stores memories, but also lets us forget the mundane and unimportant and also what we can do to improve our ability to remember. Her lively writing style and way of delivering information simply with anecdotes to illustrate makes it very readable and easy to understand.

Divided into three sections, the book deals firstly with how we make and retrieve memories and the different types of memory,
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Debbie
I’m okay…but am I?

I couldn’t stop raving about this book. I kept obnoxiously reading sentences from this book to my friends--lookie lookie lookie! Like a little kid at show and tell. But when I got to scary stuff (Alzheimer’s), I shut my mouth. It wasn’t such a fun read anymore. Turns out I am doing very bad things: sleeping too little, exercising too little, stressing too much—could I be leading myself to Alzheimer’s?

So it’s funny that I gave this book 5 stars, given that it wasn’t a nice read
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Diane S ☔
Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: nf-2021
3. 5 A neuroscientist as well as author, Genova takes us on a journey through the human brain, and how it processes our memories. The chapters cover various topics and there was quite a bit of reinforcement from one chapter to the next. Constant repetition though is one way we ensure our memories are stored. She show us how memories are made and what part of the brain. She dispels several misconceptions which I found reassuring. Many of our worries about our memories or I should say losing them, ...more
PattyMacDotComma
5★
“Putting any sensory experience into words distorts and narrows the original memory of the experience. As a writer, I find this phenomenon more than a little disheartening.”


Whoa! So writing it down, making notes, distorts your memory? Yes, it does. Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist who is fascinated by how the brain works and how dementia affects us (most of us eventually!) and has done the research necessary to explain it to us everyday readers.

Personally, I find this an endlessly fascinating
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Brenda
Remember by neuroscientist and popular novelist Lisa Genova is a fascinating look at our memories and how our brain is designed. About the things we forget; why we forget and how we can learn to concentrate on those things that are important enough to remember. I’m sure I’m like many who are worried about Alzheimers/dementia as soon as we realise we can’t remember something we think we should. I know with it in my family history, I’m worried for myself and the future. But Ms Genova explains how ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
After finishing Lisa Genova’s new book Remember, I breathed a sigh of relief. I know many of us worry about forgetting, about the loss of memory, of having the start of Alzheimer's that if we misplace our keys, we are in a panic state.

However, Dr Genova assures us that this is natural and gives us some solid ideas about how to help our memory and ultimately the functionality of our brain.

Dr Genova delves into the various parts of our amazing brain and How each section functions as not only a thi
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Numidica
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
For anyone past fifty, memory begins to become a concern, especially if you have witnessed family members experiencing Alzheimers, but even without that extreme example in the forefront of your mind, things start to slow down for everybody after forty or fifty, and one notices. Lisa Genova does a great job of explaining how memory works, and describing the different types of memory. from "muscle memory" to declarative memory ("the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second") to working memory, a ...more
Sharon Metcalf
4,5 stars
Lisa Genova has a degree in biopsychology and a Harvard Uni PhD in neuroscience.   She's also written award winning novels, most notably Still Alice which was made into an Oscar winning movie.     Knowing all of these facts didn't guarantee I'd enjoy her latest non-fiction title Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting but it certainly increased my enthusiasm for reading it.    For the record, I was spellbound from the very first word until the last and am sure it will
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Cheri

This is the third or fourth book that I’ve read by Lisa Genova, and the first that is a non-fictional portrait of a disease. Genova already covered the fallibility of memory in Still Alice, but this covers the topic of memory for those who worry about their own memory slipping, or their loved ones, and more. From Marilu Henner’s remarkable memory to those she counts among her friends who suffer from some level of memory loss, those who are struggling, this covers a vast amount of territory. Stil
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Darla
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Memory is the sum of what we remember and what we forget, and there is an art and science to both. Will you forget what you experience and learn today by tomorrow, or will you remember the details and lessons of today decades from now? Either way, your memory is miraculously powerful, highly fallible, and doing its job. -- from the Introduction by Lisa Genova

Neuroscientist Lisa Genova pulls back the curtain and gives us the straight scoop on remembering. Is that time we forgot where we parked a
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Tamar...playing hooky for a few hours today
I have written and re-written this review about a dozen times and still don’t know what I want to write, other than I loved this book. It is so “user friendly” and the author’s style is almost haimish, it’s so accessible and cozy. But if you’re looking for the scientific terminology, it’s all there too. There’s an explanation for almost every type of memory or loss of memory, how we remember, how we alter our memories, even how we remember things that we never even experienced, merely by hearing ...more
Jamie
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Lisa Genova, she is an author whose stories always teach and have a unique perspective.
I've read all of her books and I knew even though this one was non fiction I was still interested. Specifically because my husband suffers from PTSD and has memory issues.

This book looks into the science of how we remember, how our brains store memories and recall information
The book is divided into how we remember and why we forget. What I love is that Lisa uses personal experiences to ma
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☮Karen
I've read and enjoyed all of Genova's books. This being nonfiction it was a bit repetitive but probably so we'll remember her advice. I am concerned about not getting enough sleep, because she emphasized that a lack of it and exercise can lead to Alzheimer's. I was hoping the book would put my mind at ease but I'm actually more worried than ever now! And worry isn't good either! ...more
Marianne
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember is a non-fiction book by best-selling American author, Lisa Genova. As a renowned neuroscientist and acclaimed author, Genova is eminently qualified to write on a subject of universal interest: memory. And while her expertise is apparent on every page, this is no dense tome filled with impenetrable professional language; Genova makes it accessible to all, using simple terms, examples and humour.

Because “most of us aren’t familiar with our memory’s owner’s manual” she explains:
• The dif
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Linden
Lisa Genova, a neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, discusses facets of memory, the impact of stress, and how not all forgetting (even those things that are just on the tip of your tongue) means the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Her example was clear: everyone misplaces their keys, but if you find your keys in the refrigerator, it might be time to worry. She describes semantic (things we just know, like state capitals) and episodic (remembrance of a vacation). Creating a long lasting semant ...more
Debbie "DJ"
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, own
Genova is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve never forgotten her book “Still Alice”. This book helps me understand why I REMEMBER!

A big thank you to Lisa Genova! She took away my secret fear that I must be heading towards dementia. Just last week I was in the middle of talking and completely forgot my point! It’s okay! Genova explains why this happens.

One cool thing I learned was how to remember a grocery list (of course any list will do). Six items were listed and I’ll be darned, when I used
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Karen R
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Genova is one of the five people I would love to invite to a dinner party. I have read every one of her books and the latest, Remember, is a book about the workings of memory. What great conversation we could have!

Lisa knows a lot about this subject as she is a neuroscientist. She breaks down complicated information in an easy to read and understandable way. I had no idea that we have a number of memory centers in the brain and how they differ related to what memories are being stored. Her
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Literary Redhead
As une femme d'un certain âge, my poor memory is cobwebbed. So to get an ARC of Lisa Genova’s newest book, REMEMBER, made me cheer. I’ve devoured all her medical novels, enjoying her fine writing and in-depth knowledge as a real-life neuroscientist. These strengths inform REMEMBER, too — a powerful non-fiction guide to memories: Why we remember, why we don’t, and helpful tips to protect and improve this precious gift.

Lisa explains complex concepts succinctly, as she helps readers understand the
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Kasa Cotugno
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist who has written several well known novels invested with her subject, bringing to life characters suffering from neurological conditions she knows so well. Here she breaks from that path in writing a very accessible book about memory, how it works, can be improved, and what to look for during the aging process. She always gives a great deal of information, clearly and relatable, and this is no exception.
Schizanthus Nerd
Memory allows you to have a sense of who you are and who you’ve been.
If you’ve ever worried that losing your keys is a sign that something more sinister is at play than normal forgetfulness, this is the book for you. Tackling how we remember, why we forget and the impact on both by such factors as stress, sleep and emotion, I found this book interesting and accessible. I didn’t feel left behind when the author started talking about parts of the brain as everything was explained in easy to under
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Paul Lockman
The main reason I am only giving this 3 stars is because I already knew a considerable amount of the subject matter. Also, I found there to be a fair bit of repetition and am not sure there was a book's worth of material here. Perhaps a little mean rating it so low as it is quite informative and easy to read and I do recommend it if you don't have much prior knowledge about human memory and how it works. ...more
Celia
Oh My Gosh-- what a book.

I met Lisa Genova at the Simon and Schuster Book Club Matinee in March 2017. I loved her then and love her even more now.

For those of us in the 'Golden Years' like me, her book is a mind-saver. If you are worried about Alzheimer's as I am, you will learn much about what causes it and sigh with relief to know that forgetting is normal. You will also learn what kind of forgetting is Alzheimer's forgetting.

The book also describes technical information about memory and forge
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