Spark My Muse

Spark My Muse

Eps 60: The Science of the Imagination and Fascination - Spark My Muse

May 06, 2016

Jim Davies got his start in the arts and later he got more than a little curious if the scientific method could back up what the art and theater world already knew through “folk wisdom” about what keeps people riveted.

Now he’s Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, and he's the author of “Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe”.

Our conversation covers fascinating topics areas: imagination, humor, genetics, the nature of how we perceive reality, how we develop pro-social behavior, and much more.

Show notes at are embedded with all three of his TEDx talks and a link to his book.

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