I have been doing quite a bit of research on "storytelling" and what happens in our brain when we hear/read a story. For instance, how does our imagination really work? Does our brain actually process those feelings as real feelings when are, say, reading an intense book? See an intense scene in a play?
...As I create my TVY piece, and my process drama work, I have been doing more and more research on this topic. This is some of my findings that I've found intriguing.
(to read full article) Laura Moss:
“Stories create genuine emotions, presence (the sense of being somewhere), and behavioral responses,” writes psychologist Pamela B. Rutledge.
In fact, reading a story causes heightened connectivity in the left temporal cortex. The neurons in this region are associated with tricking the mind into thinking the body is doing something it’s not, a phenomenon known as grounded cognition.
"The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist," neuroscientist Gregory Berns, lead author of the Emory University study said. "We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else’s shoes in a figurative sense. Now we’re seeing that something may also be happening biologically."