FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Natalie Phillips, assistant professor of English at Michigan State University, specializes in 18th-century literature, the history of mind, and cognitive approaches to narrative. Her first book project, Distraction: Problems of Attention in Eighteenth-Century Literature (in progress) traces how changing Enlightenment ideas about the unfocused mind reshaped literary form, arguing that descriptions of distraction in narrative advanced–and often complicated–scientific theories of concentration. She is also a leading figure in the emerging field of literary neuroscience, pioneering a series of interdisciplinary experiments that use neuroscientific tools, such as fMRI and eye tracking, to explore the cognitive dynamics of literary reading.
Natalie Phillips: Neuroscience and the Literary History of Mind: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Attention in Jane Austen
Monday, March 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM – Porter Hall 100 Gregg Hall
This event is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University’s Humanities Center.
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By: Shilo Rea