robert provine

Book Review: “Laughter: A Scientific Investigation”

Laughter, although ubiquitous and idiosyncratically human, remains a neurologic, social, and evolutionary enigma. There has certainly been no dearth of philosophical speculation concerning its mirthful triggers and metaphysical purposes, but no one has previously actually bothered to accurately describe its essential phenomenology or precise behavioral cues.

Neuroscience: laughter is good for you

Less than 20% of laughter is related to jokes; People are more likely to laugh in groups than when alone; Women laugh more often than men; Most laughter is in the context of regular conversation, rather than in attempts to stimulate laughs