Interactive English: Reception

Reading and Listening

Your Brain On Fiction

on April 14, 2015

In the next class we will be listening to and reading 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. Remember to read and answer the questions for “Two big meals may be better than six small ones”.

Also, these words will be important for the lesson:  fiction, schemata, neuroscience, metaphor, cortex, empathize.

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26 responses to “Your Brain On Fiction

  1. Yuka Hattori(T4) says:

    I thought that we might learn miunderdtsndings of human brain.
    This is because keywords in next class include fiction and cortex.
    I have learned that human brains are so cleaver that they sometimes misunderstand information which they recieve.
    For example, when we encounter what we hardly understand, we distort the fact unconsciously and manage to understand it.
    I came up with the idea especially when I saw a word “fiction”.
    In addition, a cortex is a part of brain and it has something to do with thought of human.
    I have heard that in a science class at high school.
    In conclusion, I thought that we will learn misunderstandings of our brains.

  2. Takuto Kase(T4) says:

    Judging from these photos,I think that in the next class the main theme is how brains work,especially when operating languages.

    Perhaps,I might learn how to study foreign languages from a neuroscientific point of view…?

    But fiction?
    The photos are not trustworthy?
    Our brains deceive us?…

    I’m looking forward to the next.
    See you next week.

  3. Emi Tanaka(T4) says:

    In the next lesson,we will probably learn about the difference between what we think brain is and the real brain. Maybe the author calls this phenomenon “Fiction.”
    I think when we speak,listen to or just passively view words,only one part of our brain is active.
    But according to this photo,at each activity,different parts of the brain work.
    Our neuro system is so complex that I hardly guess what the brain is like.

  4. Nishibori Hibiki says:

    I think that the theme in the next class will be how doing various tasks acts on our brain. This is because each task uses a different part of our brain as the photos show us.
    I take an example of the time we learn foreign language or mother tongue. My English teacher often told me that if I wanted to improve your English skills quickly, I should not only read or listen to something in English but also speak and write in English. When I saw photos above, I remembered this and have the idea that we can learn new language much easier by using a variety of parts of brain.

  5. Rika Morofuji(T4) says:

    I have heard that most parts of our brain do not work.As you can see it,the brain works partly when each work is done,
    However,every different parts act according to its kind of work.This means that the entire parts of our brain work well if we act positively and try variety of things.
    In the next class,I guess that some our images of human brains(especially about language ability)will be changed,and we will learn the importance of practicing all language skills actively.

  6. Hi, Matt.
    I’m Kenji(T4).

    With the caption “Your Brain on Fiction”, I find the picture that describe the brain activity according to the different tasks related to the significant
    benefits fictions give to our lives. Each brain image on the article may indicate the way to stimulate particular part of brain. Our brain always control our social activity, so reading fictions in diverse ways can improve our skills to give a good reaction to this complex world effectively. Fulfilling and also creative life looks closely related to fictions.

    Entering this university, I started to study the language study. I’m really interested in the connection between the work of brain (or whole body) and language. I’m looking forward to the next lesson.

    Thanks.

  7. Rio Sato(T4) says:

    Judging from the title and the photos, I think we might learn about the workings of the brain and misunderstandings.
    I have listened to a news saying that our brains have a lot of functions and it is very important part of our body, but it is easy to misunderstand. If you have a stomachache, you should try to think that you have had a medicine for stomachache. It is not true, but sometimes you may get over.
    Likewise, by learning the workings of the brain, we can confuse our brain, and make misunderstand.

  8. Annie(T4) says:

    Hi, Matt! I’m Annie in T4.
    According to the four pictures, I think the article will tell us about the function of our brain. Such as which area controls our speaking ability, which area controls our listening ability and so on. But the title is a little bit strange. Why is it called “Your Brian on Fiction”? Is it talking about something imagined by the author? Or it will explain how our brain works in the way of science fiction? Or the author thinks our formal understanding of the brain is not true?
    I just can’t wait to read the article.

  9. T4 Yuki Yokomizo says:

    Hello! Mr.Matt. I’m Yuki.

    The title which we”ll take in the next class is “Your Brain On Fiction.”
    I’m interested in the word, fiction. Fiction is a story which is made by someone. Therefore, this theme is which part of our brains we use. Also, we can see through the picture that we use the different part of our brains while performing the different tasks. For example, we work the middle and above our brains when we speak words. I wonder why we divide each role when we use our brains. Maybe, I think it is efficient for our brains to be good at a certain task. However, how each part of our brains transmit the information with each other? When we think something, we might mistake information. That is why we might learn fiction of our brains.

    I’m looking forward to taking the next class.
    Thank you.

  10. Ling(T4) says:

    Hi,I’m Ling from matt’s class T4.
    When I saw the theme of next week’s class,I just paid attention to the word Brain.I think that maybe we will do some listening or reading about some studies of brain.Such as the physical structure of the brain, when we do different things the brain will also have some change,how to develop your brain resources…The on fiction,maybe when we read the fictions and what will our brain do?I don’t really know this word.
    Just waiting for the next class!See you.

  11. Ichiyo Shimizu says:

    I noticed that only for generating verbs, the red part of the brain is large, compared to the other three avtivities. So I think that when you generate something that doesn’t exist (fiction), your brain becomes active and that the image expresses this.

  12. keisuke koyama says:

    I once thought we would literally learn about brain ability:for instance,what part of our brains would work in each action, how our brains would work daily life ,or something like that.
    But this course is not supposed to study science,so I doubt that we will get knowledge on science in detail.I also think it is slightly difficult for us to study this topic, since we do not aim to be a scientist.(If someone wanted to be a scientist, I were sorry to assume that we did not want to be.)
    I guess, using the article and talking about the report, we will enjoy English,not scientific matter.

  13. reina inoue T4 says:

    I think we will learn about diffrent activity of brain. Some part of brain work to see something, other part of brain work to use languages. I came up with this idea about next lesson when i see 4 pictures of brain. And I came up with another idea, when i heard the title. The idea is that our brain expects what will happen next and our brain miss something important. So our brain make fiction and we think that fiction is fact…

  14. Minami Shimoura(T4) says:

    Looking at those pictures, I think as follows.
    Always, our brain is working. But, not every the part of brain work.
    The part of brain working depends on what activity we are doing. They say that the right of brain plays role of perceiving sounds or spatial and the left plays the role of dispose of language or information.
    I think that we will learn about our brain and its work.

  15. Akari Yamada (T4) says:

    These photos tell us that brain activities are changed in accordance with the tasks.
    From this kind of view, I think we will learn that the ways of learning foreign languages vary with the skills. In other words, we have proper ways depending on the skills which we want to acquire.
    My high school teacher gave me advice that I should do shadowing when I want to improve my listening skills. I expect that I can understand why shadowing improve listening skills.
    I’m very interested in language acquisition because my English teacher majored in this subject and he often told me how to study language.
    So I’m looking forward to next class!

  16. Ayaka Kishino(T4) says:

    I guess that we will learn about our brain functions’ complexity and incompleteness which cause misunderstanding.So this title says fiction.

    I have seen some pictures like these four photos before.Then,I learned that we use different area of our brain when we do different intelligent activities.
    These areas, I think, may not be able to cooperate well each other, so what we believe in may be wrong.

    Although we usually regard our brains quite smart, the very our understanding will be a part of the misunderstandings our brains make.

    The above-mentioned state is just my guess. I am looking forward to listening the whole report and learning the trueth in your class.
    Thanks.

  17. Mika Osada(T4) says:

    Seeing these photos, we can get that the different parts of brain work when we do different tasks. Before I see these photos, I thought that our brain works more actively when we speak than when we listen to something. So, I am surprised that the photo shows opposite result.
    I wonder what we will learn next week.
    We tend to feel what we hear and read as real things. I think this tendency has something to do with our brain’s work.
    I am looking forward to learning something about the work of our brain.

  18. Miki Kashiwa says:

    I think it shows that we use our brains more actively when we listen to words and generate verbs than when we passively view and speak words.Also,I am surprised that we use such different parts of our brains when we do these things.

    It will be interesting to learn more about our brains.I am looking forward to your next class.
    Thank you.

  19. Chikako Tsuge(T4) says:

    Each photos shows different part of a brain working. And I think “Passivery Viewing Words” photo is a little different from the others. So, maybe we might learn that “passivery” catching words and actively thinking about words are different, and it is somehow related to fiction…? I’m not sure, it’s just my opinion. And I’m looking forward to learn about it!

  20. Ayumi Nakahara(T4) says:

    Judging from this title and these pictures, next class I think we might learn how our brains work when we use or learn language.
    We may misunderstand about brain’s activity, so I’m looking forward to gaining the truth. It is heard that only one part of the brain are working when we operate language, regardless of differences of the way of operating. However, according to these pictures, I can find that we use different parts of the brain when we do different tasks, for example listening and speaking language.
    I want to know more details about this subject.

  21. Aiko Narasaki (T4) says:

    When I saw those pictures, an idea came upon.
    I have heard about how brain works when we are doing something. We use different part of the brain, and it is up to what kind of task we’re doing that which part works.
    I think, we’ll hear about something like that in the next lesson.

    But, the title is a little strange.
    The story, brain does many tasks in different part, is not a fiction. It’s a scientific fact.
    I wonder what kind of ”fiction” story we will hear.

  22. Niu Xiuzhong(T4) says:

    In my opinion,it is a neuroscience report about an interesting scientific experiment,which shows the relations between reading and brain activity.
    When we read a fiction,the different parts of the cortex will be activated,and different words corresponds to different parts of brain.For example,while we are reading passively viewing words,the right part of brain will be activated.We are able to experience different things through reading a fiction,which is just like a simulation of reality.
    Also,I think this article might show how our brain works when we are performing different tasks.
    The next class seems interesting.

  23. Keishu Joi (T4) says:

    I think the title ” Your Brain On Fiction” suggests what is going on when we read fictions.
    According to the pictures, our brains have various activities.For example , when we listen to words ,one part of our brains is active.On the other hand,when we passively view words,
    another part of our brains is active.
    So we can experience fictions in various ways , such as listening to stories speaked by someone. This means parents can make their infants’ brains improve through speaking fictions.
    Furthermore, I think there is something connecting those parts of brain. So the more we improve one part of brain through viewing fictions, the more we make another part of brain better.

    I’m looking forward to next class,Matt!

  24. Atsushi Igarashi(T4) says:

    According to these pictures, each skills, reading, speaking, writing and listening, needs different parts of the brain. Therefore, we have to practice all these skills if we want to learn to use language smoothly.

    These pictures show how the brain works when we use language. I think the language includes our mother tongue as wel as other language. various parts of the brain are working unconsiously when we use Japaese. So it must be important to keep on reading, speaking, writing and listening Japanese.

  25. Natsumi Mizumura (T4) says:

    HiMatt!

    Before I heard a idea that our brain makes many mistakes about things which we hear,listen,feel and more action. So,I think we study this kind of theme in the next class.

    And thinking from this picture,our brain is very complex designed and works very difficult ways so that it can’t be helped about about our brain maybe makes misunderstanding.

    I’m looking foreword to the next class.See you later!

  26. Th4 Yuko Tanaka says:

    I think we might learn which part of brain we are using while we are passively viewing words, listening to words, speaking words, generating words and how easy it is to believe fiction like reality.

    I’ve seen such interesting pictures on TV. And misunderstanding sometimes happen by listening to similar words.

    I think we might learn things like that in the airticle.

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