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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Science of Storytelling

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.

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