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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Being laughed at can be a very serious, even dangerous business.

Laughter: A Scientific Investigation by Robert R. Provine

Gary rated it liked it Jun 02, Jul 10, Justin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A very rare neurological condition has been observed whereby the sufferer is unable to laugh out loud, a condition known as aphonogelia. Ludovici considered laughter to be an evolutionary trait and he offered many examples of different triggers for laughter with their own distinct explanations.

What began as an isolated fit of laughter in a group of to year-old schoolgirls rapidly rose to epidemic proportions.

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Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

We learn that laughter is social, contagious and healthy, but very little about why we laugh. Far more than merely a response to humor, laughter often works to manage delicate and serious moments. University of Maryland Medical Center. Laughter is available to everyone and it provides benefits to a person’s physical, emotional, and social well being. Laughter is not always a pleasant experience and is associated with several negative phenomena.

Gender determines laughyer proportion of speaker and audience laughter. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. An Essay on the Meaning of the ComicFrench philosopher Henri Bergsonrenowned for his philosophical studies on materiality, memory, life and consciousness layghter, tries to determine the laufhter of the comic and to understand the fundamental causes of comic situations. The music recording industry recognised the seductive power of laughter with the distribution lughter The Okeh Laughing Recordwhich consisted of trumpet playing intermittently interrupted by highly infectious laughter.


Even John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, did prvoine of his own quaking and shaking. However, the effectiveness of the stimulus declined with repetition.

I thought it was a really interesting and sometimes even humorous read. In a study of the laughtwr Twins”, two happy twins who were separated at birth and only reunited 43 years later, Provine reports that “until they met each other, neither of these exceptionally happy ladies had known anyone who laughed as much as they did.

Normal note durations with unusually long or short “inter-note intervals” do not happen due to the result of the limitations of our vocal cords. You are least likely to laugh, smile or talk immediately before bedtime and after waking, circumstances with reduced opportunities for social interaction.

The behavioural economics of such bids and offers is consistent with the finding that men are attracted to women who laugh in their presence. Michael Miller University of Maryland and William Fry Stanfordtheorize that beta-endorphin like compounds released by the hypothalamus activate receptors on the endothelial surface to release nitric layghterthereby resulting in dilation provibe vessels. Interesting ideas, and some very interesting facts man is the only animal that laughs, really laughs Children who are born blind and deaf still retain the ability to laugh.

Classicists may add that performers in the Athenian Theatre of Dionysus scooped everyone by more than 2, years, when they hired people to cheer or jeer to influence the audience and judges of their tragedy and comedy contests.

According to Donald LateinerHerodotus reports about laughter for valid literary and historiological reasons. Finally a serious book about the funny side of life. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. 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.


Consider the placement of laughter in the speech stream.

Plato and Aristotle correctly feared the power of laughter to undermine authority and lead to the overthrow of the state. Humor relations for nurse managers.

Laughter can also be brought on by tickling. A psychogenic, hysterical origin of laughhter epidemic was established after excluding alternatives such as toxic reaction and encephalitis. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

One group of researchers speculated that noises from infants as early as 16 days old may be vocal laughing sounds or laughter, [5] however progine weight of the evidence supports its appearance at porvine weeks to four months of age.

Physiology, Pathology, Psychology, Pathopsychology and Development. Mutual playfulness, in-group feeling and positive emotional tone — not comedy — mark the social settings of most naturally occurring 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.

Problems playing this file? Want to Read saving…. This book was very different from what I expected, which was an exploration of happiness and humor. Laughter epidemics, big and small, are universal. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Published December 1st by Penguin Books first published July 1st The asymmetrical power of laughter and comedy for men and women is noted by comedian Susan Prekelwho bemoans that men in her audience will “find me repulsive, at least as a sexual being”.

I never ,aughter what the fuss was about. Only disarmed boxes with batteries removed are now found on my desk.

He also deals with laughter in relation to human life, collective imagination and art prvine, to have a better knowledge of society. Meetings start with unison laughter exercises, moving on to more unusual variants.

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