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What are you reading? "The Storytelling Animal"

Published 06/02/2013, Duluth News Tribune

In this groundbreaking study of our penchant for storytelling, Jonathan Gottschall enlists the help of neuroscience to examine how we process experience by way of narrative. Literature, for instance, is taught in the schools because we assume that it has a civilizing effect. Through the vicarious experiences offered by literary stories, we learn to imagine the larger world and the issues faced by people beyond our own inevitably narrow communities.

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