Research: Brain, Writing and Sci-Fi
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"Spin up the rail guns," Captain Jane Worth spoke into the silent hush of a space battle. All other precautions had already been put in place. Civilian observers hovered in the space allocated for them.
"They have launched a protonic field, Captain," spoke her first officer. "Sensors are having trouble identifying the elements employed." A protonic field captured critical energy, a wave of power that polarized space debris. It could be deadly in certain parts of space, but as a first salvo, it meant little. That the Armada ships had launched simultaneously, now that could be a problem.
"Ready the anti-proton shield modulation," her first officer spoke as he supervised the helmsman and weapons console.
As the rainbow cascade washed over them, Jane consciously forced herself to relax.
A fascinating, new study analyzes our brain while writing science-fiction. The results are worth reviewing:
As the scientists report in a new study in the journal NeuroImage, the brains of expert writers appeared to work differently, even before they set pen to paper. During brainstorming, the novice writers activated their visual centers. By contrast, the brains of expert writers showed more activity in regions involved in speech.I wonder what the brains of bloggers would look like during this analysis in an "fMRI scanner."
“I think both groups are using different strategies,” Dr. Lotze said. It’s possible that the novices are watching their stories like a film inside their heads, while the writers are narrating it with an inner voice.
When the two groups started to write, another set of differences emerged. Deep inside the brains of expert writers, a region called the caudate nucleus became active. In the novices, the caudate nucleus was quiet.
The caudate nucleus is a familiar part of the brain for scientists like Dr. Lotze who study expertise. It plays an essential role in the skill that comes with practice, including activities like board games.
BTW, I have no idea what I wrote in the first few paragraphs of this blog entry. I did sense more determined brain activity than results from blogging, which makes me wonder if my caudate nucleus perceives blogging as a practiced activity.
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