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A Glimpse of Diving for Seahorses

Note: Since the creation of this post and video, the book's title has been changed to Adventures in Memory
In this short clip, Norwegian author-sister duo Hilde Østby and Ylva Østby share a taste of what's to come in Diving for Seahorses: Exploring the Science and Secrets of Human Memory (Fall, 2018).
Packed with cutting-edge science and nimble storytelling, their book offers an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties: our memory.

Advance Praise for Diving for Seahorses:

After reading Diving for Seahorses, you’ll fully appreciate what a complex, beautiful, and intricate thing memory is. Indeed, in the hands of Hilde and Ylva Østby, memory is more than a simple repository of ourselves. It’s a creative force—something dynamic that actively shapes our thinking…. Hilde Østby is a novelist and her sister Ylva a neuroscientist. Imagine if another sibling pair—William James the famous psychologist and Henry James the brilliant novelist—had combined forces, and you can see what a valuable perspective this combination provides.”

—Sam Kean, New York Times bestselling author of The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons


Gorgeously researched and written, this is science told as a page-turner rather than a treatise. Be prepared to emerge with a different sense of your life’s memories. A book you can't forget.”

—David Eagleman, PhD, neuroscientist, New York Times–bestselling author, creator, and presenter of PBS television series The Brain


“Memory is one of the most important capacities we possess. Sometimes it is right, but often it is terribly wrong. In Diving for Seahorses, we learn, through science and stories, just how good and how bad it can be. In this engaging book, the Østby sisters introduce us to some of the leading scientists and famous memory personalities. Be prepared to be educated and entertained at the same time."

—Elizabeth Loftus, cognitive psychologist and expert on human memory


A fascinating read. An eye-opener about memory and our common future!"

—Maja Lunde, author of The History of Bees


"The Østby sisters—one a novelist and the other a neuropsychologist—have combined their strengths to produce a lyrically written and lucidly reasoned exploration of how memory works. Diving for Seahorses is full of fascinating characters and indelible scenes that will continue tumbling around in your mind long after you’ve turned its last page."
—Luke Dittrich, author of Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

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