Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Dr. Natalie Phillips, Michigan State University – The Brain and Reading

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Natalie Phillips of Michigan State University explores how the brain functions while reading literature.


Natalie Phillips is an assistant professor of English at Michigan State University where she specializes in eighteenth-century literature, the history of mind, and cognitive approaches to narrative. She is a leading figure in the emerging field of literary neuroscience and has conducted a series of interdisciplinary experiments that use neuroscientific tools, such as fMRI and eye tracking, to explore the cognitive dynamics of literary reading.

About Dr. Phillips


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