What makes Shakespeare such a genius? It's all about how he moves our brains.
IT PROMISED to be a marriage of true minds. "My dream is to understand how Shakespeare moves the brain," literature professor and psychologist Philip Davis told Guillaume Thierry when they first met. Could Thierry, a neuroscientist, help?
Thierry was initially nervous about braving the sound and fury of Shakespeare scholarship. "It's a minefield," he says. But the pair persevered, and joined a small cadre of researchers using quantitative techniques to examine the playwright's talents – be it his vocabulary, subtle wordplay or astute understanding of audience psychology.