News tagged with laughter

Laughter is not just funny

(PhysOrg.com) -- Everybody enjoys a laugh but new research from an international team shows it's not as simple as you might think.

dateJul 19, 2010 in Neuroscience
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A Serious Question: Why Do We Laugh?

(PhysOrg.com) -- Not surprisingly, Robert Lynch begins his research paper "It's Funny Because We Think It's True: Laughter is Augmented by Implicit Preferences" with a joke. Not his joke, but one taken from a ...

dateOct 14, 2009 in Social Sciences
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Laughter Differs In Children With Autism

According to a recent paper entitled "Laughter Differs in Children with Autism: An Acoustic Analysis of Laughter Produced by Children with and without the Disorder" in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, childr ...

dateJul 10, 2009 in Psychology & Psychiatry
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Laughter remains good medicine

The connection between the body, mind and spirit has been the subject of conventional scientific inquiry for some 20 years. The notion that psychosocial and societal considerations have a role in maintaining health and preventing ...

dateApr 17, 2009 in Psychology & Psychiatry
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The origins of laughter

We know the benefits of laughter on health. But why do we laugh? What are the evolutionary origins of laughter and humour? Steven Légaré has asked these questions and has made them the subject of his master's ...

dateMar 27, 2013 in Social Sciences
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Hyenas' laughter signals deciphered

Acoustic analysis of the 'giggle' sound made by spotted hyenas has revealed that the animals' laughter encodes information about age, dominance and identity. Researchers writing in the open access journal ...

dateMar 29, 2010 in Plants & Animals
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