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BBC Presents: Science of Storytelling

This presentation by BBC reporter and video jouranlist Matt Danzico will discuss the neurological and evolutionary underpinnings of storytelling, i.e. what parts of the brain are affected when a narrative is told and why our minds react in that way. New York Times reporter Amy O'Leary will also be on hand to discuss how our minds react when digesting stories through many different forms on the internet.


Amy O'Leary Reporter The New York Times

Amy O'Leary is a reporter for The New York Times where she has written on a range of issues, many that lie at the intersection between technology and culture.

Amy was first hired on at the paper as a multimedia producer, and worked as a news editor for and then was a Deputy News Editor advising senior editors and department heads on online strategy. Prior to working at The Times, Amy was formerly a public radio producer with PRI's "This American Life" and freelanced in the public radio system with shows like, "Radio Lab" and "On the Media."

Before working in journalism, Amy spent nearly five years at an early stage wireless software startup among the first companies to integrate GPS technology into mobile workforce management solutions, where during that time she co-authored a programming book on Wireless Application Protocol.

Amy is a native of Renton, Washington and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Matthew Danzico Journalist BBC

Matt Danzico is a staff reporter and video journalist at the BBC News, who primarily focuses on science and technology in the US. He has previously worked as a video producer at Discovery Channel and reporter at the Tokyo Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper. Matt is also the founder of several web-based social experiments. Most recently, he created a social media-based time perception project called The Time Hack, which forced him to participate in a new and unusual activity each day throughout 2011 in order to explore whether our perception of time is influenced by our actions.