Science of StorytellingStorytelling is one of the things that make us human and is arguably the most influential things to how we learn. Different aspects of storytelling influence the way we think and even act toward other people. As time progresses new advances are made such as digital storytelling which has been incorporated in many schools as a way for children to develop their learning.
Storytelling has always been a tool used to pass down information and tradition. Storytelling and creating a narrative allows us to form connections in our mind. This also brings forth new discoveries and ideas that derive from the original story making it unique to us. Bringing forward memories that we could have forgotten about. The story itself has the power to influence us and how we see the world around us.
Stories can create or distort our view of something that is foreign to us. As we pass down the stories and views they become fact to people who hear them. The powerful effect that stories have on the human brain are due to the neuron connections that are formed when a story triggers memories or a feeling (that’s why you can relate to the character.)Effects on the brain Leo Widrich is the co founder of Buffer and he also publishes blog post on how to improve your life and different scientific discoveries. He has written about the science behind storytelling, and how it affects the brain.
His article “The Science of Storytelling” he dives into what happens in the brain when we are told stories. When reading or being told a story it stimulates different parts of the brain. If we are viewing a story two parts of our brain are stimulated, the Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area.(Widrich 2) The Broca’s area is typically located on the left side of the frontal lobe (sometimes found on the right) and is involved with speech production . The Wernicke’s area is located in the back of the upper temporal convolution on the left side of the brain, and is it is used for speech recognition and comprehension. Together these two convert the words you’re seeing or hearing into meaning.
When you’re reading something that doesn’t interest you on the surface it just appears that you understand what you’re reading. However, when you are reading a story of your interest or that you relate to