Human understanding of our own brain function is very rudimentary. Even though the science has progressed, we still don’t know very much about what happens when we watch a film, read a book or have a story told to us. I am very fascinated by the biological response to story and I believe that as the scientists learn more, we will get more engaging stories or at least an explanation of how and why certain stories are more engaging. We will get a better understanding of why role playing games are so immersive that we almost forget that we are at a table with our friends instead of on a frozen tundra fighting dire wolves.
I am spending some time studying some of what is known so that I can be a better story teller. Here is a video clip of an interview with a researcher studying story and our experience of it.