YOUR BRAIN ON STORIES
Prevention Magazine – September 2016
What engages more of your brain than music or math? University of California, Berkeley, researchers have discovered that it’s storytelling. Their studies show that listening to story podcasts activated sensations, emotions and memories not on just one side but across the entire brain, thereby upending right brain/left brain theory.
“Understanding a story requires access to all kinds of cognitive processes – social reasoning, spatial reasoning, emotional responses, visual imagery, and more,” says study author Alex Huth. The findings may one day help scientists “read” the brains of people who can’t speak due to stroke or disease.