Imagination & Play 03The ctitical importance of storytellingTheme:imagination, playSummaryTranscript
The telling of the story challenges the brain to create entirely new routing every time. Every new story means that new neural connections must be made between all the fields involved in imagery and the sensory maps of the brain. New fields must be established, new connections between those fields must be established. The brain has to continually expand its neural connections. Remember, the neural connections are what count, not just the number of neurons, but the neural connections. So, each new story demands a complete, new, re‑routing of the neural patterns themselves. It means the brain has to continually expand and expand its operations, auditory, visual, sensory fields, and all the rest of it, with each story. This builds the foundation for all forms of abstract, symbolic and metaphoric processing that visual stimulation bypasses altogether.