TEDxGallatin – Amanda D’Annucci – Storytelling, Psychology and Neuroscience

TEDxGallatin – Amanda D’Annucci – Storytelling, Psychology and Neuroscience

Amanda D’Annucci is pursuing her Master’s degree in the Psychology of Expression at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2009 with a B.A. in Urban Studies. She has served as an Intern at the Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Public Service Scholar at the Office of the Mayor in NYC, and a Summer Intern with the Ford Foundation. Amanda is currently working with Narativ, Inc, a consultancy specializing in effective communication through storytelling. Amanda is also a trainer with Story-to-College and a Peace Mover with Dance4Peace.

Storytelling is a vital yet oft under-appreciated tool for effective conflict resolution. “Stories communicate values, beliefs, hopes, fears, and dreams of a people in a way that engenders respect and understanding in the listener” (Duryea, Potts. 1993 p. 388). The art of storytelling has a psychological and neurological basis that explains our natural human predilection for narrative. Through two case studies — one involving Israeli and Palestinian students, the other involving the Sierra Leonean civil wars — this talk will explore personal narratives and collective myth to inspire a pure and inspiring approach to conflict resolution.

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August 16, 2011 / 11 Comments / by / in
  • Great body and intelligent too.

  • That'd be great if You would be able to get a great position in government, We need good people that are also intelligent, and it would be even better if You were able to make peace in Sieraleone, and also between the Muslim world and israel despite what israel is doing. Good Luck.

  • story-telling is just a variation of things that engage people's, like she said, pathos. So story-telling isn't so spectacular on its own, as it is just like other art forms that engage people's creativity, emotions, etc… And saying it engages the "whole human brain" is just a…. blatant overstatement.

  • /watch?v=CHekNnySAfM

  • wow, this is the top comment on a TED talk? wtf.

  • She used too many unnecessary big words and didn't give examples to back up most of her points.

  • “Did you know that by telling someone a story—instead of spewing out a mouth full of data—that you can engage a much larger portion of their brain?” She asks this prior to spewing out data and not telling a story. :-/

  • Why do we all want great wisdom and smartness? Why? Why do we all want to be Einstein? He was wrong, in both ways, deception has become an addiction to most congregations , Satan get behind me and all who seek our savior , for we want God and our big family in the kingdom of God. Those who know the truth, will smile at this message, those who don't believe will look angry at this message. Woh… 🙂 

  • Hi Amanda, I wonder if you can point me in the direction of more specific details on the question of which stories carry weight. I mean, bios can be exceptionally boring coming from self-centered individuals, for example. Isn't the point of a 'good' story the emotional and relational ties 'between' human beings. How characters differ in their reactions while nonetheless sharing traits with their enemies? And thus, the miracle of connection in an otherwise indifferent world? In short, isn't a good story good when we figure out right from wrong, distinguish good from bad, and discover what 'strength' means (virtue) in terms of conduct, action, belief..? Agreed, all of the above takes empathy to succeed. But, why do some stories fail to elicit empathy? Why do some elicit it? And, how do propagandist talks elicit empathy for our in-group and not for the out-group? Don't stories separate people as much as they bring them together? War and peace? Love and hate? If all stories affect the brain, this fact alone does not tell us that all stories lead to peace.

  • story is more interesting when you know what you are talking about instead of reading from a paper, that is very bad, after 1 min i lost the interesting in this topic, and while im writing this, you are still reading the piece of paper!

  • Too Nasal

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