Researchers are intrigued by the fact that the human brain seems to be wired to enjoy stories according to Scientific American Mind ("The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn," September 18, 2008). Various studies have found that those with empathy — the ability to perceive other people’s emotions — are more easily involved in a story; that stories may act as “life simulators” similar to “flight simulators” for pilots — practice for social relationships; or that story themes, such as romantic love, are the same across cultures because of underlying biology — the concept of “literary Darwinists.”
What makes a good story for you? Humor, intrigue, romance?
Don’t Miss . . .
One of this generation’s great storytellers — spy novelist Daniel Silva will discuss “The Undercover Life of an Espionage Writer” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035. Books will be available for sale and signing. No registration is required; first come, first served.
Silva has written 11 novels since 1997, including his most recent New York Times bestseller, Moscow Rules.