Interactive English: Reception

Reading and Listening

Your Brain on Fiction

on April 16, 2013

In the next class we will be listening to and reading about a report called “Your Brain on Fiction”. Think about this title, look at the photos of brain scans above, then in the comments tell us what you think we might learn from the article. Also, these words will be important for the lesson: neuroscience, metaphor, cortex, sympathize.

Also, when you read pages 1-30 of The Curious Incident, please answer these questions in your journal and don’t forget to keep a list of characters!

1. How do we know the dog had been killed recently?

2. In Chapter 3, what do we find out about people with Asperger’s Syndrome?

3. Do you understand the joke on page 10?

4. The policeman says, “I will seriously lose my rag”. What do you think this idiom means?

5. Why are the chapters of this novel numbered 2, 3, 5, 7 etc?

6. How does Christopher seem to feel about being in jail? Why do you think he feel this way?

7. Why does Christopher not like metaphors?

8. What do you think will happen in the next 20 pages? (make a prediction)

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17 responses to “Your Brain on Fiction

  1. Ai Inoue(T4) says:

    From the keywords, you might be able to say that this report will mainly focus on the brain cortex and its effects, such as the ability to understand other people’s feelings.

  2. Satoko Komori (T4) says:

    Humans do various activities using their brains. The photo of brain scans indicates that when you do a specific task, a specific part of your brain is activated, and which part of your brain is stimulated depends on the task you do. I guess that the report might suggest that our brains fully show their abilities and we can work or study efficiently when we combine multiple methods at a time and stimulate various parts of our brains simultaneously, not when we do it by using a single method and stimulate only a certain part of them.
    But I don’t understand what the word “fiction” in the title means in this context.
    So, the report might be about how your brain works when you read, listen to, or write fictions and it might scientifically reveal how you understand metaphors or why you find a novel moving, and suggest you some tips to be a creative person.

  3. Yuto Takahashi (T4) says:

    I’m guessing the article will be about how your brain reacts when you do different tasks. And maybe the way it reacts when you do all of the 4 things shown in the picture (like having a conversation using metaphors while reading something).
    Also I thinks the report is going to focus on the brain when you are generating sights and sounds you’ve never encountered before, like when you’re reading a fiction novel.

  4. Eri Fukui (T4) says:

    From the title, pictures and the keywords, I think we would probably learn which part of the brain works when doing a particular task, such as listening and reading, and why it is so.

  5. Natsumi Maruyama (T4) says:

    The article we’re gonna read may be about which parts of our brains reacts when we do something. Also, I think it could be about our mind,because we don’t really have “mind” (what is called in Japanese “心 Kokoro”) physically. So we use our brain when we feel something. Not just thinking,studying or something.

  6. Kyoko Nomura(T4) says:

    From the article and the pictures, I think we will learn how people create a metaphor, or how to understand it, and also we will be learning which part of our brain is used when understanding what people say and sympathizing with others.

  7. MaikoImai T4 says:

    From this article we will learn which part of
    the brain we use when people think,understand metaphors.Also the part that feels emotions.By reading this we might be able to learn how Christopher think and feel differently from others.

  8. hiroko takabatake t4 says:

    From seeing the diagram and reading keywords, i am guessing that the article will be about how our brain system works when we take different actions. I predict we will be able to step into the sphere of the neuroscience, and therefore be able to understand the characteristic of christopher in someway.

  9. Hong soon-hyuk(T4) says:

    From the pictures of four brains, I think we are going to learn which part of brain works when doing a particular task. And we also learn how we can stimulate many parts of brain, so that we can improve our english skills!

  10. Ayane Kawahara (T4) says:

    The title “Your Brain on Fiction” seems it has something to do with fiction,which is either a type of novels, like “detective fiction”, or something imagined (and the act of imagining) .Also, the photos show how the brains react when people do certain actions related to words. From these, I think the article we are going to read is about how each parts of our brains work and how it is effected by our linguistic actions.

  11. Arisa Kurihara (T4) says:

    From looking at the article, I’m guessing that we’re going to learn about how we use different parts of our brains according to the tasks we perform and connect that information with Christopher’s Asperger’s syndrome and think about how he uses his brains and how it differs from a normal person.

  12. Fumina Watanabe (T4) says:

    From the photos and the title, I think we are going to listen to and read an article about the functions of the brain. I think it tells that we use different parts of the brain when we do different things, such as listening and speaking.

  13. Miki Hosoda (T4) says:

    I think that we will be learning which part of our brains we use when we do certain kind of things, as shown in the photos above. Also, since the titile of the report is “Your Brain on Fiction”, I guess it mainly focuses on how and which part of the brain works when reading fiction stories, which requies imaginative thinking and understanding of metaphors.

  14. Kurumi Takeuchi (T4) says:

    I think we are going to learn how our brain works when we do diifferent activities.Besides,after we know the mechanism of the normal brain, we can compare it with the mechanism of who has Asperger’s syndrome.In this way, we can understand Christpher from a scientific point of view.

  15. Ryuji Furukido(T4) says:

    Those photos tell us that we use different parts of our brain when we do different activities. I think we will be able to improve our language skills efficiently if we deeply understand this kind of neuroscience.

  16. Ayaka Kora says:

    I think we will be learning about what part of brain you use when doing different tasks. It will be interesting to find out the needs of different part of your brain.

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