literature http://news.stlpublicradio.org en A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lively-mind-your-brain-jane-austen At a recent academic conference, Michigan State University professor <a href="http://www.english.msu.edu/people/faculty/natalie-m-phillips/">Natalie Phillips</a> stole a glance around the room. A speaker was talking but the audience was fidgety. Some people were conferring among themselves, or reading notes. One person had dozed off.<p>Phillips, who studies 18th-<sup></sup> and 19th-century literature, says the distracted audience made something pop in her head. Distractability is a theme that runs through many novels of Jane Austen, whom Phillips admires. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 06:31:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 5169 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen