Scientific Proof: Writers Use Mind Control

I read an article about how writing and hearing stories affects your brain. Brains are a pretty intriguing thing on their own, but throw writing into the equation? You know that's going to be some great info. Check out this gem:

Scientists have also found that telling a story can plant emotions, thoughts and ideas into the brain of the listener. In studies at Princeton University, the brain activity of a woman telling a story and her listeners was monitored and as she told her story, her listeners' brain activity went into sync with hers.

This means that writers have the ultimate power to influence others. With a powerful and evocative story, you can activate your readers' brains and make them feel like they are experiencing it first-hand, influencing the emotions you want them to feel.

(Source: Memolition)
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Fascinating, no?

I figure there are two ways to look at it-- as a reader or as a writer. Take your pick.

As a reader:
Haven't you always wanted to get inside the head of your favorite author? Scientists have shown that you've actually been doing it all along! Every time you read a book and experience any emotion with it, your brain is in sync with the author's, and you both are experiencing the same emotion.

As a writer:
Did you see what it said up there? Writers have the ultimate power to influence others. Ever want to take over the world? There's scientific proof that you already are.


Natalie Aguirre said...

How awesome. And just goes to show the power of words.

Dianna Dann Narciso said...

With great power, comes great responsibility. I'm not sure I'm ready for that...too late.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Remember Hitler? The power of words can be used for good or evil.

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