Why we need stories in science
Reading about other research on story-telling in science is one of the pleasures of my job, and I recently came across an article on what neuroscience can tell us about how we respond to narrative (doi.org/10.22323/2.18050401). The text was in a science communication journal, and it wasn't really about going into detail (although it does provide the references for those who need them), but I did find the following list of reasons for needing stories in science:
Good narratives - or "framing information in stories" - can
– Increase people’s likelihood of remembering information
– Reduce counter-arguing
– Make people feel the experience being described was their own
– Be much more convincing than just data
– Increase engagement, when communicating science to non-expert audiences.
To me, the items in that list are all things I would want for any paper I write. In the interest of getting the full story, though, perhaps it is now time I went in search of papers that show why we don't need story-telling in science. If you know of any papers on that topic, do let me know.
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