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neuron
used in Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?

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nerve or brain cell; i.e., a cell specialized to conduct electric nerve impulses
  • "The only way to find out is to do the science," Gottschall says, reasonably enough, and then announces that "the constant firing of our neurons in response to fictional stimuli strengthens and refines the neural pathways that lead to skillful navigation of life's problems" and that the studies show that therefore people who read a lot of novels have better social and empathetic abilities, are more skillful navigators, than those who don't.

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