Striking a Nerve: The Benefits and Neurobiology of Story-Based Learning

Stories have power. They delight, enchant, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They imprint a picture on our minds. In this article I will be talking about benefits of story-based learning.


It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart rates increase, and palms sweat. I know this to be true because instead of enjoying the movie myself, I am measuring the brain activity of a dozen viewers.

Many L&D managers and instructional designers have already discovered the power of storytelling in a practical sense – they have observed how compelling a well-constructed narrative can be.

In my previous article on How Good Storytelling In Elearning Can Engage Learners In A Meaningful Way, I spoke about the impact of good storytelling. In this article I will dig deep into the neuroscience and benefits of story-based eLearning.

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