• Essential Joseph Chilton Pearce 49
    Imagination, Storytelling and Attention
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    storytelling, language, imagination, brain, brain development
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    Storytelling demands that the developing brain create a stream of inner images that correspond to the moment by moment flow of words in the story, an astonishing feat. This requires complete entrainment, complete attention. With video and computer images the inner image is externally generated, requiring very little, weak, passive attention and this inattention becomes a conditioned reflex and a major reason or the epidemic of attention deficits. Storytelling forces the brain to grow new neural connections. Visual media does not. In fact, visual, screen media bypasses the imaginative structures by bringing the image in through the much older visual system, rather than the much more evolved symbolic-metaphoric imaging we call imagination.