Name: A Sense Of Self – Memory, The Brain, And Who We Are
Size: 4.28 MB
Title: A Sense of Self
Author: Veronica O’Keane
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total pages: 275
How do our brains store-and then conjure up-past experiences to make us who we are?
A twinge of sadness, a rush of love, a knot of loss, a whiff of regret. Memories have the power to move us, often when we least expect it, a sign of the complex neural process that continues in the background of our everyday lives. A process that shapes us: filtering the world around us, informing our behavior and feeding our imagination.
As a practicing psychiatrist, Veronica O’Keane has spent many years observing what happens when this process is disrupted by mental illness, and the experiences to which she bears witness provide startling insights into how memory determines the way we function in the world. With poignant accounts from her own years in practice, and drawing as well on stories from literature and fairy tales, she uses the latest neuroscientific research to illuminate the role of psychiatry today and the extraordinary puzzle…