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The Rag and Bone Shop

How We Make Memories and Memories Make Us

Veronica O'Keane



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Allen Lane
13 April 2021
A leading psychiatrist shows how the mysteries of the brain are illuminated at the extremes of human experience 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 behaviour and feeding our imagination.

How do our brains store - and then conjure up - past experiences?

As a practising psychiatrist, Veronica O'Keane has spent many years observing what happens when this process is disrupted by mental illness and the experiences of her patients have provided startling insights into how memory determines how we function in the world. Drawing on these poignant cases and much more, from literature and fairy tales, she uses the latest neuroscientific research to illuminate the role of psychiatry today and the extraordinary puzzle that is our human brain.
By:   Veronica O'Keane
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   499g
ISBN:   9780241401897
ISBN 10:   0241401895
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   13 April 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Veronica O'Keane is a Professor of Psychiatry and practising Consultant Psychiatrist at Trinity College Dublin. The Matter of Memory is her first trade book, developed from years of practice in the field and her observations of how we filter our experiences over time.

Reviews for The Rag and Bone Shop: How We Make Memories and Memories Make Us

Searching, thoughtful... at once scientific, philosophical, medical and literary.... It is rich, revelatory and, in the best way, unsettling. -- James McConnachie * Sunday Times * Wonderful. I love the way Veronica writes . . . difficult concepts made comprehensible with rich case studies. A must read for every counsellor, psychotherapist, life coach and psychiatrist. -- Philippa Perry * author of The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read * A wonderful book in which Veronica O'Keane distils what she has learned about people in her life as a psychiatrist and neuroscientist. The reader will appreciate Dr O'Keane's beautiful prose and her caring attitudes, and will effortlessly pick up knowledge about how the brain determines our behaviour. -- Robin Murray * Professor of Psychiatric Research at King's College London *

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