Does anyone know of studies where people have been in an MRI while hearing a story in the format of the hero’s journey to see what it does to the brain, and what parts are activated? I have a theory for the reason of this universal form, but I’d love to hear actual research to learn how it’s been tested.
Stephen Larsen, Joseph Campbell’s biographer, practices neurofeedback and has authored a book on the subject. He’d most likely be able to answer your question.
This is short notice, as it’s today, but the Atlanta and North Georgia JCF Mythological RoundTable® Groups on Sunday, May 31 at 4:00 pm E.T. are hosting an online meeting about the Mythic Imagination with Dr. Stephen Larsen. He will share stories of his friendship with the late Joseph Campbell and wife Jean Erdman who recently passed on May 4 after living to be 104! Stephen will also discuss the necessity of conscious myth-making and the ancient lineage of mythology by way of the shaman and the Hero’s Journey. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of his presentation.
You must register to gain access to the Zoom link, which can be done here. The sponsors suggest donation of $20 so that they may honor their guest’s time. However, if this is outside of your means, please email mythologyATL@gmail.com in order to reserve a scholarship spot.