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Stories and the Brain

The Neuroscience of Narrative

How do our brains enable us to tell and follow stories? And how do stories affect our minds? In Stories and the Brain, Paul B. Armstrong analyzes the cognitive processes involved in constructing and exchanging stories, exploring their role in the neurobiology of mental functioning.

Armstrong argues that the ways in which stories order events in time, imitate actions, and relate our experiences to others' lives are correlated to cortical processes of temporal binding, the circuit between action and perception, and the mirroring operations underlying embodied intersubjectivity. He reveals how recent neuroscientific findings about how the brain works—how it assembles neuronal syntheses without a central controller—illuminate cognitive processes involving time, action, and self-other relations that are central to narrative.

An extension of his previous book, How Literature Plays with the Brain, this new study applies Armstrong's analysis of the cognitive value of aesthetic harmony and dissonance to narrative. Armstrong explains how narratives help the brain negotiate the neverending conflict between its need for pattern, synthesis, and constancy and its need for flexibility, adaptability, and openness to change. The neuroscience of these interactions is part of the reason stories give shape to our lives even as our lives give rise to stories.

Taking up the age-old question of what our ability to tell stories reveals about language and the mind, this truly interdisciplinary project should be of interest to humanists and cognitive scientists alike.

About the Author

Paul B. Armstrong is a professor of English at Brown University. He is the author of How Literature Plays with the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading and Art and Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form.

Endorsementss

"A very valuable addition to the field. In this remarkably well-researched and theoretically sophisticated book, Armstrong discusses central issues and concerns in cognitive literary criticism. Positioning himself forcefully and convincingly, he challenges prior literary theorists, debunking fashionable yet unevidenced claims. It takes a project such as Armstrong's to explain why perspectives that instrumentalize and thereby trivialize literature must be put into question."

- Guillemette Bolens, University of Geneva, author of The Style of Gestures: Embodiment and Cognition in Literary Narrative

"Offering an excellent discussion about narrative in the context of embodied neuroscience, Stories and the Brain demonstrates a nuanced understanding of an extensive range of experimental science. An impressive book."

- Shaun Gallagher, University of Memphis, author of Enactivist Interventions: Rethinking the Mind

"In Stories and the Brain, Paul Armstrong persuasively and astutely demonstrates that the goals of theories of neuroscience and narrative will only be met through mutual engagement by scholars in the two domains. This book offers provocative challenges to prevailing dogma and advances innovative claims to displace it."

- Richard J. Gerrig, Stony Brook University, author of Psychology and Life
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