Have you ever wondered why storytelling is such an omnipresent theme of human life? Welcome to another guest segment of “The Writer’s Brain,” where Kelton Reid picks the brain of a neuroscientist about elements of great writing.
Research scientist Michael Grybko — of the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington — returned to the podcast to help Kelton define storytelling from a scientific standpoint.
If you missed the first two installments of The Writer’s Brain — on How Neuroscience Defines both Creativity and Empathy — you can find them on writerfiles.fm and iTunes.
In this file, Kelton Reid and Michael Grybko discuss:
Why storytelling is the default mode of human communication
How empathy makes storytelling such an effective tool
Why Hollywood continually taps into ‘The Hero’s Journey’
How blueprints help writers connect with their audience
Why reading fiction makes us more empathetic
Writers’ addiction to stories (especially the dark ones)
Where humanity would be without storytelling
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