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There is new support for the value of fiction from neuroscience, according to an article in the March 17th issue of New York Times by Annie Murphy Paul. For example, brain scans reveal how words like “lavender,” “cinnamon,” and “soap” elicit a response not only from the language-processing areas of our brains, but also those devoted to dealing with smells.

Researchers from Emory University reported that when subjects read a metaphor involving texture, the sensory cortex, responsible for perceiving texture through touch, became active.
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