Sunday, August 3, 2008
In the current issue of Scientific American Mind (August-September, 2008, pp. 46-51), Jeremy Hsu has an article entitled "The secrets of storytelling," with the subtitle "Our love for telling tales reveals the workings of the mind." In the article, Hsu argues that "the imaginary world of stories may serve as a proving ground for vital social skills." He reviews research by Melanie Green, Daniela O'Neill & Rebecca Shultis, Steven Pinker, Robin Dunbar, Jonathan Gottschall, Patrick Colm Hogan, and Jennifer Edson Escalas, as well as by Raymond Mar & Keith Oatley.