The Neuroscience of Narrative
Because fiction is conjured up within our imaginations, our capacity for storytelling or engaging in stories is susceptible to neurological disorders. People on the autism spectrum are less likely to engage in storytelling and make-believe, while those who suffer from bi-polar disorder often find themselves in fits of unbridled narrative creation. Literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall explains.
For more on the link between mental illness and creativity, watch clips from Madness Redefined