Brain Science for Writers Roundup 04-13-2014

Hi All!  It's been an eventful few weeks, as the Midnight Thief launch approaches (3 more months!).  There's a goodreads giveaway going on right now for a Midnight Thief ARC.  The ARC is also available now on Netgalley. Also, I'm happy to announce that Midnight Thief has been named one of the top YA debuts of Summer/Fall 2014 by the American Bookseller's Association's Indies Introduce program.  :-)

 I'm trying out a new feature now, which is a roundup of neuroscience/psychology articles that might be of interest to writers.  We'll see how it goes!

Ebooks might interfere with reading comprehension in students and young children. (via Passive Guy)

Is internet reading destroying our reading comprehension?  This article argues yes, while this one says no.  My thoughts?  The brain optimizes itself to the type of tasks that we give it.  That is neither a good or bad thing in and of itself.

This article on how robot eye contact differs from humans might be useful for writing dialogue scenes.  (Again via Passive Guy)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, children who read stories about anthropomorphic animals are more likely to later ascribe anthropomorphic characteristics to real animals.

Here's a fascinating article about why people lie.

Okay, that's it for this roundup. Hope you find the links interesting!

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  1. Congrats--and good luck with the Goodreads giveaway. I spent a ton of money sending books to winners all over the world and didn't get a single acknowledgement or review.

    1. Thanks Tom. Shipping costs, etc was why I limited my giveaway to one copy and US only.

  2. It will affirm everything they feel about the power of reading! :-) i feel it offers some important new insights .

    Education Canada published my engaged reading article this month on the web, (including my photo of my granddaughter hannah :-).

    it is an open access article/site, so please feel free to distribute wherever. I would be pleased to hear if you do so.
    Jerry diakiw
    Faculty of education york university
    905 887.8261