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Mirror neurons and why we love the Hero’s journey

There may be a real science to why the Hero’s journey works. Our relief and happiness as the hero prevails could be because our brain feels it really was the hero.  The Heros journey, defined by Joseph Campbell is the familiar narrative which has succeeded in appealing to us throughout history by way of myths, fairytales and many a box office hit. Although in its early stages, Neuroscience has discovered a type of neuron in the brain which may be responsible for our empathy. Called mirror neurons, they appear to fire just the same whether we are doing something or watching someone do it. So if we watch a hero win a battle, our brain reacts just as if we did it too. What’s more the neurons fire more when the incentive is strongly desired, so the more we want our hero to win, the more likely the neuron will fire.

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