Laughter is a physical reaction in humans consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible Laughter researcher Robert Provine [es] said: “Laughter is a mechanism everyone has; laughter is part of universal human vocabulary. There are. The study of laughter provides a novel approach to the mechanisms and evolution of vocal production, perception and social behavior. Robert R. Provine. Buy Laughter: A Scientific Investigation on ✓ FREE SHIPPING on qualified orders.

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The behavioural economics of such bids and offers is consistent with the finding that men are attracted to women who laugh in their presence. Jan 20, Matthew Holder rated it it was ok. Other cardioprotective properties of nitric lrovine include reduction of inflammation and decreased platelet aggregation. The idea for the book is way better than the book.

Laughter: A Scientific Investigation by Robert R. Provine

It may ensue from jokesticklingand other stimuli completely unrelated to psychological state, such as nitrous oxide. The presence of media television, radio, reading material, etc was noted because it serves as vicarious social stimulation.

Some other species of primate apes, chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans show laughter-like vocalizations in response to physical contact such as wrestling, play chasing or tickling. Laughter has proven beneficial effects on various other aspects of biochemistry. Analyses that focus only on audience behaviour a common approach are obviously limited because they neglect the social nature of the laughing relationship. I never saw what the fuss was about.

Scientific American liked it, NPR, etc.

Antidotes to Panic and HelplessnessNew York: Men and women mindlessly and predictably act out our species’ biological script. I’ll be setting up my own taxonomy of laughter, mapping laughter to potential triggers in real life, deciphering when laughter is socially acceptable and when its not, investigating the concept Currently reading as research for a dynamic media project. Sergei Moska rated it liked laubhter Apr 21, In a positive sense, “man uses the comical as a therapy against the restraining jacket of logic, morality and reason.


The structures in the limbic system that are involved in laughter are the hippocampus and the amygdala. They are strikingly similar, tap the same social trait, and are an extreme form of the commonplace, not pathology. Is laughing good for laghter health? Provine delves into all the aspects of laughter: Common causes for laughter are sensations of joy and humor ; however, other situations may cause laughter as well.

Neurophysiology indicates that laughter is linked with the activation of the ventromedial prefrontal cortexthat produces endorphins. Currently reading as research for a dynamic media project. For such a compelling subject, I unfortunately often found myself disinterested.

Laughter can arise from such activities as being tickled[1] or from humorous stories or thoughts. Somewhat tedious, but useful to read if you’re doing research in humor. I’ll be setting up my own taxonomy of laughter, mapping laughter to potential triggers in real life, deciphering when laughter is socially acceptable and when its not, investigating the concepts of projection and receipt of laughter [ laugh targeting ], create a mental map laughte laugh pathing [ laugh tracks ], and then eventually lauthter project will most likely include audio triggering in a physical space, spotlights, laguhter stool with a glass of water in some sort of vague stage-like lauvhter He needs from time to time a harmless demotion from reason and lauhgter and in this sense laughter has a positive character for Nietzsche.

Quarterly Review of Biology. Laughter A short clip of a woman laughing. It has been shown to lead to reductions in stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. Topics Books The Observer.

Jan 27, Cara rated it really liked it. In our politically correct, feel-good, be-happy time we are shielded from — and underestimate — the dark side of laughter that was better known to the ancients. Humor relations for nurse managers. My colleagues and I noted the gender of the speaker and audience listenerwhether the speaker or the audience laughed, and what was said immediately before laughter occurred.


Beyond a joke: the truth about why we laugh

More review of laughetr book to follow. Contagious laughter in some Pentecostal and related charismatic Christian churches is a kind of speaking in tongues glossolaliaa sign that worshippers have been filled with the Holy Spirit.

Taking Laughter Seriously p. Excessive laughter can lead to cataplexyprovije unpleasant laughter spells, excessive elation, and fits of laughter can all be considered negative aspects of laughter. Although we probably laugh or smile more when we are happy than sad, these acts are performed primarily in response to face-to-face encounters.

The orderliness of the punctuation effect is striking because it’s involuntary we cannot laugh on command.

Many readers will be familiar with the difficulty of extinguishing their own “laugh jags”, fits of nearly uncontrollable laughter. Laughter is more about relationships than humour.

The author covers many disorders and their effects on laughter, such as autism, split brain, laugh epidemics, kuru the laughing deathmasque manganique, Angelman disorder, epilepsy, ALS, schizophrenia, prefrontal lobotomy, Rett disorder, Williams disorder, Alzheimers, and brain tumors. It’s a good thing that time sharing by these airway manoeuvres is neurologically orchestrated.

Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brainhelping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The author discusses the cultural implications of this, and certainly this information makes me much more self-conscious at parties.