Best Storytelling Picks
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Best Storytelling Picks

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The Science of Narrative: Why We Tell Stories--Great Expert Panel

The Science of Narrative: Why We Tell Stories--Great Expert Panel | Best Storytelling Picks | Scoop.it
Stories have existed in many forms—cave paintings, parables, poems, tall tales, myths—throughout history and across almost all human cultures. But is storytelling essential to survival? Join a spirited discussion seeking to explain the uniquely human gift of narrative—from how neurons alight when we hear a tale, to the role of... [read more]

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 13, 2014 2:17 PM

Wow -- here are 5 panelists (3 scientists, 2 writers) including Jonathan Gottschall, Joyce Carol Oates, Jeffrey Eugenedes, Keith Oatley, and Paul Bloom talking about the advances and limits of storytelling, people being under the thrall of wicked stories, discoveries about the brain and storytelling, and a host of other story topics. Research and citations are shared also, so it's not just people chatting willy nilly. And the panelists don't all agree with each other, which is fascinating and refreshing.


Here's the problem -- the video is 1:40 hours long. Yikes! I've watched sections of it and have scheduled a time to watch the entire piece. But I very much like what I've heard so far and do recommend it.


For example: a story is only transformative for the reader/listener when the artist (storyteller, writer, director, etc.) has mastered the craft of storytelling. This is from scientific research. So training in storytelling does matter.


I do have one quibble though: the event began with a theater group 'telling a story'. Eh -- not so much. So you can skip that first 14 minutes. Why they didn't have a real live storyteller on stage for this segment is beyond me.


Anyway, spend time with this video and get the real skinny on storytelling directly from writers and scientists. Make sure you've got a pen and paper handy so you can take notes. 


Many thanks to colleague Stephanie West Allen for pointing me to this video!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Neuroscience Study Identifies "Story Button" & What it Says About Brand/Human Love

Neuroscience Study Identifies "Story Button" & What it Says About Brand/Human Love | Best Storytelling Picks | Scoop.it
Move over focus groups. Neuroscience-based research from Innocean seeks to uncover what people really like and seemingly reveals that, sometimes...

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Mervi Rauhala's insight:

Interesting study about how people "love "their favorite brands and icons even more than people. But there has to be a special story related to the product or brand, but but...The results could be also interpreted otherwise. Leaves lot of open questions.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 13, 2014 12:48 PM

Hmmmmm -- here's some new research from neuroscience. The company Innocean wired up 8 people to measure their responses, asked them questions about brands, and then about people they love.


Guess what -- 3 of the 8 people showed more love for brands than people. Why? The brands had a stronger story attached to them. What does it mean? Their interpretation is that there is a story button in our brain.


OK -- hold on here. I've got some problems with this. I'm not a neuroscientist but some of this seems like a lot of over-reaching.


First of all -- 8 people is a very tiny sample. That 3 of the 8 had a certain experience does not mean much at all.  All the study points to is more questions. Like for the 3 people who loved their brands more than loved ones, are their relationships troubled? If so, that would naturally lead to mythologizing a watch. And is a watch a brand or simply an object evoking strong memories? Is the love for the Seattle Seahawks more about someone mythologizing their identity? And does that reflect at all on this person's love for his toddler? Ay yi yi -- I could go on.


And then to conclude there's a "story button" in the brain that is more like a switch to turn on and off is problematic for me also. We think in stories so narrative structure is much more imbedded in who we are than a pus button indicates.


So I remain highly skeptical about this study until A LOT more research is done. Read the article and tell me what you think.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Ivan Mercado Lorberg's curator insight, March 14, 2014 11:34 AM

¿Es posible "amar" o comprometerse con una marca en particular en un mundo tan poligámico como el de hoy enn día? Acá una respuesta Neurocientífica