Moo-mery aids

THE (Times Higher Education) - - LETTERS -

In his re­view of The Third Lens: Metaphor and the Cre­ation of

Mod­ern Cell Bi­ol­ogy, by An­drew S. Reynolds (Books, 6 Septem­ber), Jon Tur­ney ar­gues that the book “should be an en­cour­age­ment to ex­plore other fields in the same way”. Such a sub­ject could be the psy­chol­ogy of me­mory. In a 1980 pa­per, Henry L. Roedi­ger III gath­ered to­gether 36 metaphors for me­mory, which in­cluded a “wax tablet”, a “cow’s stom­ach” and a “mys­tic writ­ing pad”. Un­for­tu­nately, he omit­ted my favourite, which is the “lar­dar­ium”, or great store­house, pro­posed by St Au­gus­tine of Hippo.

R. E. Rawles

Hon­orary re­search fel­low in psy­chol­ogy UCL

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