For generation after generation, humans have learned valuable information through storytelling. Whether around a campfire or in a classroom, storytelling is a powerful method of communication that has as much power over us today as it did centuries ago. The folks at Educational Technology and Mobile Learning share an intriguing infographic about the science behind storytelling and its importance to educating learners.
Posted by: Ryan Schaaf
How Storytelling Affects the Brain
1- Neutral Coupling
A story activates parts in the brain that allows the listener to turn the story in to their own ideas and experience thanks to a process called neutral coupling.
Listeners will not only experience the similar brain activity to each other, but also to the speaker.
The brain releases dopamine into the system when it experiences an emotionally-charged event, making it easier to remember and with greater accuracy.
4- Cortex activity
When processing facts, two areas of the brain are activated (Broca’s and Wernicke’s area). A well-told story can engage many additional areas, including the motor cortex, sensory cortex, and frontal cortex.