Laughter has ratings and 17 reviews. Mellen said: This book was very different from what I expected, which was an exploration of happiness and humor . Do men and women laugh at the same things?Is laughter contagious?Has anyone ever really died laughing?Is laughing good for your health?Drawing upon ten. But for the past ten years Dr. Robert Provine, Professor of Neurobiology and There is simply no other book that treats laughter from the viewpoint of science.

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Learn what it teaches us about laughter. Do men and women laugh at the same things? Javier Rosa rated it really liked it Sep 07, See all 19 reviews. Viking- Social Science – pages. The author explains that laughter, humor, and especially tickling are topics that have a very small set of research studies and that it is difficult to get funding for such rlbert.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Provine No preview available – Maybe I just had trouble with the style. Laughter also includes such esoterica as the history of holy laughter, laughing gas, canned laughter, and a description of the Tanganyikan laughter epidemic that immobilized an entire school district in Has anyone r.progine really died laughing?

Ten Tips for Increasing Laughter: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Contagious Laughter and the Brain 8. The results presented are really interesting and the most important: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Laughing Your Way to Health Appendix: Inspired by Your Browsing History. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. 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. Different kinds of laughter are discussed. While I generally enjoyed the explanation of the laughter related studies, statistics, anecdotes, theories, etc.


A set of scientific conclusions, based on scientific methods, is presented. Other editions – View all Laughter: The idea for the book is way better than the book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The author discusses the cultural implications of this, and certainly this information makes me much more self-conscious at parties. Somewhat tedious, but useful to read if you’re doing research in humor.

Among the many curious things we learn is that women laugh more at men than vice-cersa; that speakers laugh more than their audiences; that people tend to laugh after more commonplace statements like “See you later” than after actual jokes; that laughing after being tickled is more a social phenomenon than a natural reflex people can’t tickle themselves into laughing ; and evidence that laughter can be beneficial to health, and has a natural analgesic effect that dulls pain.

This book was very different from what I expected, which was an exploration of happiness and humor. A Scientific Investigation Robert R.

An early chapter explains that people rarely laugh when alone, often laugh during conversation, women laugh more often then men, women laugh more often when they are conversing with men, and men seek out women who they can make laugh.

Dec 01, Pages. Jana Adamsons rated it liked it Jan 25, Dec 18, Frederic Kerr rated it it was ok. Also interesting that quadriplegics cannot cough or laugh. It is an ancient, unconsciously controlled vocal relic that co-exists with our relatively modern speech – a social, psychological and biological act which predates humour and is sharedwith our primate cousins, the great Why do we laugh?


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. PenguinDec 1, – Psychology – pages. A Scientific Investigation Robert R.

Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

That was such a horrible time in medical history. One person found this helpful. In this book Robert Provine uses laughter as a powerful probe into human social relationships, revealing that tickling is a form of tactilecommunication, not a reflex; that women laugh more at men than vice-versa; that speakers laugh more than their audiences; and that laughter is mostly about relationships, not jokes.

Philosophical and Theoretical Approaches to Laughter 3. When discussing the first exam, Provine suggested that we just read and analyze every sentence from Chapters One thru Three. robret

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Natural History of Laughter 4. The few highlights can be found in the chapters on abnormal and contagious laughter. Provine considers such aspects of laugher as its evolution; its role in social relationships; its relation to the unsconscious; “contagious laughter” and the neurobiological basis for the effectiveness of laugh tracks on TV shows; tickling; epidemics of laughter; gender differences in laughing; what laughter reveals about why chimpanzees can’t talk.