Curious Behavior and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. . In Curious Behavior, Robert Provine provides clear, entertaining, and (most. Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread–in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread—in search of hiccups, coughs.

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Unfortunately, Provine comes across as having a chip on his shoulder, emphasizing the importance and practicality of HIS type of research in almost every chapter. Oct 15, Susan Krich rated it really liked it. Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations. Return to Book Page. The author also repeats himself a lot, probably in an attempt to make a book out of things that don’t really have a lot behind them. Many activities showcased in “Curious Behavior” are contagious, but none surpasses yawning in this regard–just reading the word can make one succumb.

The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. The science is incomplete as made clear by the author. This page book is compo Curious Behavior: Three stars for originality, two stars because my admittedly unrealistic expectations were not met. I assume he’s sacrificing the meaning of the words being used to try some euphonious wordplay, but that seems like an odd call to make.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And I can definitely yawn with my eyes open, for example right now contagionand when on a road trip. I enjoyed the book. Curious behavior was a good book that indulged me on what causes, and the origins of behaviors like laughing, crying, and yawning i. And that is exactly how [ Provine ] thinks science should be pursued.


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Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond by Robert R. Provine

The link between itching and scratching. Join Our Mailing List: This is a delight to read, fascinating and humane and very often funny. Why do we cry? First off, the science sometimes gets buried in all of the anecdotes the author includes.

The factors that contributed to it.

Jan 18, Cheryle rated it liked it. Normally I enjoy this sort of “science for the common man” type book.

Curious Behavior

In addition to farting and belching, other curious human behaviors such as yawning, laughing, hiccupping, coughing, tickling, itching, vomiting, crying, and tearing are explored like never before. The lower keys on a piano aren’t harder to play, for crying out loud! And then there is the peril of exporting natural gas: The content was also very engaging.

Never has our coughing, tickling, itching, hehavior and all else mentioned in the subtitle been explored so nicely in one compact book. The behavioural keyboard doesn’t even make sense. What has beyavior gone with the wind? This book turned me into a monkey. Sep 05, Peter Mcloughlin rated it liked it Shelves: Neuroscientist Robert Provine turns an evolutionary lens on everything from the gross to the faintly improper. Taking examples from his own research, some of which involved nothing more complicated than stalking graduate students and observing how and when they laugh, he explains the origins of some of the most prevalent, but often overlooked, human behaviors.

But it is also serious science about the importance of defining stimuli, using specific language, and understanding the difference between what people think they do, and what they actually do.

Its inescapable transmission reminds us that we are sometimes unaware, neurologically programmed beasts of the herd. The prose was not compelling and the balance of science to interesting anecdote was too heavy on the science end. Hardcoverpages. A look at bulimia. Samples of pathological crying and laughter.


Open Preview See a Curioks Mar 03, Jeremy rated it liked it Shelves: For each of these odd functions, Provine dexterously combines wit, a fine way with words, and precise scientific context, to show us the evolutionary reason behind it… This is a delectable presentation for all who love the territory between pop and hardcore science writing.

Curious Behavior — Robert R. Provine | Harvard University Press

If you are looking for a popular science that addresses the often neglected quirks of being human, this book is worth reading. I learned a few interesting facts, but it wasn’t necessarily worth the time it took to read. Not nearly as interesting as Mary Roach’s books.

Provine seems to have little sense of the rhythm of prose. Aug 21, Rock Angel marked it as i-aint-sure Shelves: If you want to know, read the book!

I really wanted to find this interesting, and I know he was trying to speak in layman’s terms, but it just wasn’t cutting it. I really appreciated the science that was thrown at these behaviors, especially since so little is actually understood. Overall, Provine does a good job in getting the message across A great read.

I had no idea that unborn babies are doing so much to curiious their own development–if your baby ‘kicks’ a lot, be glad!

I especially enjoyed the chapters discussing the psychophysiology of yawning and vomiting, and how could anyone resist the tale of Frenchman Joseph Pujol who was the most highly paid entertainer of his time, farting music at the Moulin Rouge? It is full of jargon that most readers will not understand, even with a dictionary handy.