Stories have the power to save us: A neurological framework for the imperative to tell stories

Le Hunte, Bem & Golembiewski, Jan A. (2014) Stories have the power to save us: A neurological framework for the imperative to tell stories. Arts and Social Sciences Journal, 5(2), pp. 73-77.

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The evolutionary advantage of humans is in our unique ability to process stories – we have highly evolved ‘narrative organs.’ Through storytelling, vicarious knowledge, even guarded knowledge, is used to help our species to survive. We learn, regardless of whether the story being told is ‘truth’ or ‘fiction.’ This article discusses how humans place themselves in stories, as both observer and participant, to create a ‘neural balance’ or sweet spot that allows them to be immersed in a story without being entirely threatened by it – and how this involvement in story is the formation of empathy – an empathy that is integral to forging a future humanity. It is through empathy, we argue, that stories have the power to save us.

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ID Code: 82821
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Neuroscience, Storytelling, Literature, Narratives, Behaviour
DOI: 10.4172/2151-6200.1000073
ISSN: 2151-6200
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Hunte BL, et al.
Copyright Statement: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted
use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2015 01:49
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2015 23:23

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