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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An early chapter explains that people lauhgter 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. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

The author is a neurologist who explored both positive and negative aspects of laughter specifically. Cindy rated it really liked it Mar 12, Set up a giveaway.

Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

The end of the book explores whether ‘laughter is the best medicine. Gary rated it liked it Jun 02, The hy 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 studies.

Account Options Sign in. It was a gift to my son so I really haven’t read it, but he is always laughing when he reads it! Plus I always enjoy reading about lobotomy. Is laughing good for your health?


Laughter: A Scientific Investigation by Robert R. Provine

Maybe I just had trouble with the style. Inspired by Your Browsing History. 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 laugnter 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.

I’ll be setting up my own taxonomy of laughter, mapping laughfer 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 of laugh pathing [ laugh tracks ], and then eventually my project will most likely include audio triggering in a physical space, spotlights, a stool with a glass of water in some sort of vague stage-like space 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.

Has anyone ever really died laughing? We learn that laughter is social, contagious and healthy, but very little about why we laugh. Dec 11, Mellen rated it really liked it Shelves: Most interesting stuff was in the first few eobert discussion of language, physiological reasons for laughter etc.


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When discussing the first exam, Provine suggested that we just read and analyze every sentence from Chapters One thru Three. Natural History of Laughter. Provine By Robert R. Jan 20, Matthew Holder rated it it was ok. A Scientific Investigation Robert R.

Fintan rated it it was amazing Jan 19, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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 Provine has authored more than fifty research articles concerning developmental neuroscience and animal and human behavior.

It’s a REALLY informative book; if you’re doin’ a paper or someth’n, but if you’re try’n to learn to be funny, like I am, it’s not really helpful – interesting, but not what I was looking for. Other editions – View all Laughter: Robert Provine, the world’s leading t.provine expert on laughter, investigates such aspects of his subject as its evolution, its role in social relationships, its contagiousness, its neural mechanisms, and its health benefits.

Do men and women laugh at the same things? Provine No preview available –