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 more laughted Amazon Prime. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. 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.
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Provine author of the book r.proviine I dropped the class after only two-weeks of enrollment. English Choose a language for shopping. Provine Limited preview – Provine considers such aspects of laugher as its evolution; its role in social relationships; its relation laughyer 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.
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Open Preview See a Problem? More review of the book to follow. However, in the author’s opinion these topics enlighten such vital questions as why humans can talk and chimpanzees cannot, and why walking on two legs allows both laughter and speech, and whether you can tickle your cat. While it was competently written, I recall disagreeing with many of his hypotheses about the social context of laughter, which was disappointing and ultimately unsatisfying.
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Using the latest evidence, Provine describes laughter using sonic analysis and opera scores, evaluates whether you can ‘laugh you way to health’, considers what laughter shows about neuropathology, and suggests how to change r.profine to increase laughter. Though it is one of the most common and identifiable human behaviors, laughter has, until recently, escaped the sort of scientific scrutiny that has dissected, examined, and explained nearly every other point on the rich spectrum of our characters.
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Customers who bought this item also bought. This was a fascinating read and illuminates things we may have noticed but not understood. Laughter has surprisingly little to do with jokes and funny stories.
Robert Provine, the world’s leading scientific 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.
Ships from and sold by Amazon. Philosophical and Theoretical Approaches to Laughter 3. Please try again later. Cindy rated it really liked it Mar 12, Sergei Moska rated it liked it Apr 21, Drawing upon ten years of research into this most common-yet complex and often puzzling-human phenomenon, Dr. Rbert helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is an erudite, wide-ranging, witty, and long-overdue exploration of a frequently orbert subject.
I was also troubled by the disregard for social gender bias in the findings about gender and laughter. 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 apes. Saunaguy rated it it was ok Jul 18, Robert Provine, the world’s leading scientific 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.
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When discussing the first exam, Provine suggested that we just read and analyze every sentence from Chapters One thru Three. Account Options Sign in. Robert Provine, the world’s leading scientific expert on laughter, investigates such aspects of his subject as its evolution, its Do men and women laugh at the same things?