The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction - The New York Times
The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated. Keith Oatley, an emeritus professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto (and a published novelist), has proposed that reading produces a vivid simulation of reality, one that “runs on minds of readers just as computer simulations run on computers.” Fiction — with its redolent details, imaginative metaphors and attentive descriptions of people and their actions — offers an especially rich replica. Indeed, in one respect novels go beyond simulating reality to give readers an experience unavailable off the page: the opportunity to enter fully into other people’s thoughts and feelings.
Speaker–listener neural coupling underlies successful communication
Verbal communication is a joint activity; however, speech production and comprehension have primarily been analyzed as independent processes within the boundaries of individual brains. Here, we applied fMRI to record brain activity from both speakers and listeners during natural verbal communication. We used the speaker's spatiotemporal brain activity to model listeners’ brain activity and found that the speaker's activity is spatially and temporally coupled with the listener's activity. This coupling vanishes when participants fail to communicate. Moreover, though on average the listener's brain activity mirrors the speaker's activity with a delay, we also find areas that exhibit predictive anticipatory responses. We connected the extent of neural coupling to a quantitative measure of story comprehension and find that the greater the anticipatory speaker–listener coupling, the greater the understanding. We argue that the observed alignment of production- and comprehension-based processes serves as a mechanism by which brains convey information.
The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn - PDF
In it, he examined the work of psychologists and neuroscientists who are studying the human penchant for storytelling. What they are discovering is fascinating, but it boils down to this: People are wired to enjoy stories. Here are some key quotes that I took away from Hsu’s article: Storytelling is one of the few human traits that are truly universal across culture and through all of known history. … People in societies of all types weave narratives … And when a characteristic behavior shows up in so many different societies, researchers pay attention: its roots may tell us something about our evolutionary past. However narrative is defined, people know it when they feel it. Whether fiction or nonfiction, a narrative engages its audience through psychological realism — recognizable emotions and believable interactions among characters. [T]he best stories … captivate their audience, whose emotions can be inextricably tied to those of the story’s characters. Such immersion is a state psychologists call “narrative transport”. [M]ost scientists are starting to agree: stories have such a powerful and universal appeal that the neurological roots of both telling tales and enjoying them are probably tied to crucial parts of our social cognition. A 2007 study … found that a test audience responded more positively to advertisements in narrative form as compared with straightforward ads that encouraged viewers to think about the arguments for a product. Similarly … labeling information as “fact” increased critical analysis, whereas labeling information as “fiction” had the opposite effect. Studies such as these suggest people accept ideas more readily when their minds are in story mode as opposed to when they are in an analytical mind-set.Scientific American Mind - September 18, 2008 The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn Our love for telling tales reveals the workings of the mind By Jeremy Hsu When Brad Pitt tells Eric Bana
I Did an Immersive Refugee Experience! - YR Media
Special issue - The Journal of Development Communication - Summit on Behaviour and Social Change Communication
In April 2018, almost 1,200 people gathered in Indonesia for the Summit on Behaviour and Social Change Communication. Practitioners, researchers, donors, and leaders from more than 400 organisations travelled to Nusa Dua from the Asia Pacific region, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America. This issue features ten papers prepared by SUMMIT participants based on their presentations. They cover a range of challenges from using story-telling to help fishermen in Belize deal with threats to their occupations, and influencing adolescent girls and boys in India to address gender discrimination and stereotyping – to the use of social media to change norms regarding babies’ health in Malawi.
Scientists Use Big Data to Discover 6 Basic Emotional Story Arcs
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Easing The Pain Of Immunization Through VR
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Narrative Persuasion in a New Media Environment: The Impact of Binge-Watching and Second-Screening: Communication Research Reports: Vol 0, No 0
IMMIGRATION NATION Exploring Immigrant Portrayals on Television - Norman Lear Center
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Changing the Public Conversation on Social Problems: A Beginner's Guide to Strategic Frame Analysis™
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Writing Scenarios That Deliver Better Outcomes
Maya Zuckerman - Collective Journey ebook (pdf)
Collective Journey - Jeff Gomez
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Characters - Television Tropes & Idioms
The Big Bold List of 52 Character Archetypes! :eWritersCoach
“Using archetypes as a basis for your characters can give them the appearance of weight very quickly, because each type expresses a fundamental pattern that the audience recognizes, and this same pattern is reflected both within the character and through interaction in the larger society.”
Comics for Chinuch? - Jewish Action
Innovation and Orthodox Comic Books: The Case of Mahrwood Press
Tickling the religious funny bone - Haaretz - Israel News | Haaretz.com
Good guys vs. bad guys, `Supermen' vs. the forces of evil, rabbis vs. missionaries - the colorful world of ultra-Orthodox comics fills a void for youngsters denied the pleasures of TV, and is a means for recounting historical events.
Eight Character Roles | Tim Stout
The Eight Character Roles describe what function each character serves in the story. They are similar to archetypes, but with less importance on how the character behaves as a person and more importance on what each character does for the story. Character roles are not interested in how the character approaches the job, just that the job is fulfilled.
Plot to Script: This is How I Do It | Cullen Bunn
Scripts Archive - Comics Experience
Kenny Porter: 5 Ways to Format a Comic Book Script for Beginners
krulwords: COMIC WRITING - PLOT STYLE
Oscar Wilde Comics: A comic script template for Word, with page/panel/balloon numbers that auto-populate and auto-update
How to Write a Script for Your Comic - MakingComics.com
52 weeks, 52 faces: Obituaries narrate lives lost to the opioid epidemic
Narrative Biases: When Storytelling HURTS User Experience
Summary: Overreliance on narrative details and assumptions about cause-and-effect explanations can lead to errors in judgment by UX practitioners.
Optimizing for Context in the Omnichannel User Experience
Summary: Design for each channel’s unique strengths and role in the customer journey to create usable context-specific experiences.
The greatest magic of Harry Potter: Reducing prejudice - Vezzali - 2014 - Journal of Applied Social Psychology - Wiley Online Library
How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method
Fictional characters make 'experiential crossings' into real life, study finds | Books | The Guardian
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Monsters Story Structure | Tim Stout
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