A couple weeks ago I had the honor of attending the Science of Storytelling Summit at the University of Florida. Organized by the UF College of Journalism and Communications, the event was held October 27-28. Inspired by the work of cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner, the summit brought together a group of interdisciplinary scholars from the United States, Canada, and England to consider questions such as what makes stories effective and why they affect us.
The summit was intended to foster new ideas, insights, and interdisciplinary research collaborations among storytelling researchers from diverse fields. Sessions included discussions facilitated by journalists from NPR and Fusion and “synthesizers” from UF’s Journalism and Communications program who shared insights from each session with the larger group.
Wonderful group, stimulating ideas for research!