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Telling stories: why your elderly relatives are the best storytellers
Humans have told stories to each other for thousands of years. Before the advent of widespread literacy, the oral transmission of stories was a primary form of entertainment and instruction. Some of these stories have been preserved as folktales or epic poems and can be quite lengthy, running to thousands of lines.

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Storytelling

Storytelling is a complex cognitive task on our mind, requiring an application of our short-term, working, and long-term memory.

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Remembering Complex Stories

Earlier writings of folktales and complex stories required the story writers to use some crafting of words and sentences, using repetition and rhyme to aid recall.

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Effective Storytelling

Elders and the aged people are able to tell stories in a more engrossing, entertaining way.

This may be due to a difference in the emotional quotient or the ability to capture and narrate hum...

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