The Storytelling Network


In neuroscience, the storytelling network is often researched under the name The Default Mode Network. It is also referred to as the Task Negative Network, because we basically use it when we are not consciously working on something. The storytelling network is associated with daydreaming. It’s also described as a restful, awake state. The storytelling network is involved with your beliefs and your values, what do you think is ethical, what is right and wrong? Storytelling is qualitative: how did the wind feel as it brushed against your hair? How would you describe the greenness of the grass? What does it mean to feel like a king? Storytelling helps us understand how others are feeling, what kind of life we are living, what we believe about the world, but can’t know for sure.

It’s also associated with aesthetic and ethical thought, and with social and personal thinking. Because of this, we call it the storytelling network. We use this network to think about our life and who we are. We use it to fantasize about the future and to reflect on our history. We think the storytelling network is involved in artistic intelligence and performative intelligence.

The storytelling network is a qualitative process. It’s about how you feel or experience something. It can be compared to the technical network, associated with logic and thinking.