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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Court fools, presidential aides and corporate administrative assistants learn early in their careers that it is safer to laugh with the boss than at him or her. Women couldn’t care less whether their ideal male partner laughs or not — they want a male who makes them laugh. Age, gender, education, language, and culture are all factors [3] as to whether a person will experience laughter in a given situation.

The laugh clubbers gather in public places to engage in laughter exercises, seeking better fitness and a good time. A very rare neurological condition has been observed whereby the sufferer is unable to laugh out loud, a condition known as aphonogelia.

I’m a little less than half-way through now, but I’ll have to back track and review some of the beginning chapters as a refresher. A normal laugh has the structure of “ha-ha-ha” or “ho-ho-ho.

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orovine Loading comments… Trouble loading? This contrasts with the scenario of stand-up comedy in which a non-laughing speaker presents jokes to a laughing audience. Released shortly after the first world war, it remains one of the most successful novelty records of all time.

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Thomas Hobbes understood the superiority of the laughter in a much wider sense than the aesthetic and quasi-moral sense of Aristotlethe seeds of the superiority theory are definitely Greek. Speech is dominant over laughter because it has priority access to the single vocalisation channel, and laughter does not violate the integrity of phrase structure.

Those experiencing the blessing of holy laughter spread it back to their home congregations, creating a national and international wave of contagious laughter. Dec 18, Frederic Kerr rated it it was ok. These data provide solid grounds for a behavioural prescription: When laughing the brain also releases endorphins that can relieve some physical pain. Whether they are speaker or audience in mixed-sex groupswomen laugh more often than men. Far more than merely a response to humor, laughter often works to manage delicate and serious moments.

The killers at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, were laughing as they strolled through classrooms murdering their classmates. Men and women mindlessly and predictably act out our species’ biological script.

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In 3, personal ads published by heterosexual males and females in eight US national newspapers on 28 Aprilmen offered “sense of humour” or “humorous” and ,aughter requested it.

Even solitary television viewing may not be as socially impoverished as suggested by its detractors, and has something to offer the recluse: Quarterly Review of Biology. Lsughter to Panic and HelplessnessNew York: Friedrich Nietzsche distinguishes two different purposes for the use of laughter.


The next time you ,aughter at a party, use laughter as a guide to what people really feel about each other — and you. When we hear laughter, we become beasts of the herd, mindlessly laughing in turn, producing a behavioural chain reaction that sweeps through our group, creating a crescendo of jocularity or ridicule.

The end of the book explores whether ‘laughter is the best medicine. Physiology, Pathology, Psychology, Pathopsychology lahghter Development.

My colleagues and I noted the gender of the speaker and audience listenerwhether the speaker or the audience laughed, and what was said immediately before laughter occurred. Jun 25, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: This self-described “laughing laughteer no reason” produces real, contagious laughter and is fun for the self-selected participants, but its claimed medicinal benefits remain a matter of conjecture.

Comedy performance proves an inadequate model for everyday conversational laughter. Laugh tracks dubbed-in sounds of laughter have accompanied many sitcoms since 9 September To ask other readers questions about Laughterplease sign up.

For other uses, see Laugh disambiguationLaughing disambiguationand Giggle disambiguation. Provine argues that “Laughter is primitive, an unconscious vocalization.