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The art of storytelling: Researchers explore why we relate to characters
For thousands of years, humans have relied on storytelling to engage, to share emotions and to relate personal experiences. Now, psychologists at McMaster University are exploring the mechanisms deep within the brain to better understand just what happens when we communicate. Very much like literary stories, we engage with the characters and are wired to make stories people-oriented. For the study, researchers scanned the brains of participants using fMRI and presented them with short headlines.
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