The famous writer Ursula K. Le Guin once wrote “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.”

Why are stories so important to us? How do they impact our thinking, our families, organizations, and communities? This informative program will explore how our brains are wired for narrative and how we use stories to makes sense of our world, predict the future, and interpret the minds of people around us, and why storytelling and narrative reading are essential for all of us.

Specifically in this session, participants will learn:
• What core need drives our brain
• The interaction of thinking and strong emotions
• Which structures in the brain respond to stories
• How what we believe drives what we see
• Why stories are essential to learning (and everything else)
• Resources for learning more about neuroscience and story


Original broadcast September 19, 2019 

Biography ~ Conn McQuinn
Conn McQuinn has spent forty years working in both informal and formal educational settings. He has had the privilege of working for two great institutions, starting his career at Pacific Science Center in Seattle for fifteen years, and then twenty-five years at Puget Sound Educational Service District in Renton, Washington. At Pacific Science Center he directed the nation’s largest traveling science education program, and at PSESD managed numerous projects and workshops on a broad range of topics, including science education, educational technology, robotics, and project-based learning, with much of the last ten years focused on neuroscience in learning.

He was worked with thousands of teachers and administrators from districts throughout Washington State and beyond, and presented at conferences across the country. He has a Master’s Degree in Science Education and is the author of sixteen children’s activity books covering a range of seemingly random topics.