Today I chat with Martin Lotze, neuroscientist at the University of Greifswald, about his research into the brains of writers.

Martin has researched how the minds of writers and non-writers operate, using fMRI scans to observe which areas of the brain are activated during the writing process. His fascinating work demonstrates that wholly different parts of the brain are used by experienced writers and novices when undertaking creative writing. I ask him about how he came to study this area, discover many of my assumptions are wrong, and ask him the implications of his findings for writers like us.

This is a great episode to listen to if you want to know:
– can writing be taught?
– what happens in our brains when we write?
– does writing change the brain?
– how can I train myself to be a better writer?

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