Hartismere School

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STORIES WE TELL: NARRATIVE AND EMPATHY


In her book What’s the Story (2014), legendary postmodern theatre director Anne Bogart reflects on the contemporary power of story in theatre and life alike. Among Bogart’s multidisciplinary musings are scientific ones about the brain’s proven reaction to narrative. In this conversation, Bogart talks with Yale psychologist and neuroscientist Hedy Kober about our minds’ biological response to, and empathy for, the stories of others.