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Affective Poetics and Narrative Need, Part I [by Leslie Heywood]
The recent “neuro-revolution” in poetics has tended to replicate the privilege granted to cognition over affect in other areas of neuroscience. What is most important, from this perspective, is the prefrontal cortex and its attendant brain systems: those most linked to tertiary processes, the “higher” forms of reasoning that are unique to the human brain, the kind of meta-critical capacity that distinguishes us from our dogs and dolphins, elephants and apes. Research in neuroscience has been guilty of the same biases until recently. The term cognitive neuroscience was often taken to describe all brain processes, as if all brain processes...
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