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Reading stories activates neural representations of visual and motor experiences


, : Reading stories activates neural representations of visual and motor experiences. Psychological Science 20(8): 989-999

To understand and remember stories, readers integrate their knowledge of the world with information in the text. Here we present functional neuroimaging evidence that neural systems track changes in the situation described by a story. Different brain regions track different aspects of a story, such as a character's physical location or current goals. Some of these regions mirror those involved when people perform, imagine, or observe similar real-world activities. These results support the view that readers understand a story by simulating the events in the story world and updating their simulation when features of that world change.

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PMID: 19572969

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02397.x


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