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.
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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