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  • New analysis tools reveal how the brain processes narrative events

    Associate research scholar Chris Baldassano, associate professor Jonathan Pillow, and a team of researchers from the labs of Kenneth Norman and Uri Hasson at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Psychology have developed new mathematical tools for understanding how the brain processes movies and stories.

    Using functional MRI data of study participants watching an episode of a BBC mystery television show, the researchers found that the brain breaks down the continuous narrative into individual events, which are constructed across a hierarchy of brain regions and then stored into long-term memory.

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    Princeton researchers show how the brain breaks down events

    In Neuron
    Discovering Event Structure in Continuous Narrative Perception and Memory