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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Laughter by Robert R. A Scientific Investigation by Robert R. Do men and women laugh at the same things? Has anyone ever really died laughing? Is laughing good for your health? Laughtee upon ten years of research into this most common-yet complex and often puzzling-human phenomenon, Dr.
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 tobert same things?
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. This is r.proivne erudite, wide-ranging, witty, and long-overdue exploration of a frequently surprising subject. Paperbackpages. Published December 1st by Penguin Books first published July 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Laughterplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Dec 11, Mellen rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was very different from what I expected, which was an exploration of happiness rlbert humor. The author is a neurologist who explored both positive and negative aspects of laughter specifically.
I learned a lot and found the book to be very interesting. The most important thing that I learned is that laughter and other emotions laughtee echoed by those around us and we have a greater influence on others than we realize. The author explains that laughter, humor, and especially tickling are topic This book was very different from what I expected, which was an exploration of happiness and humor.
The author 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.
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. An early chapter explains that people rarely 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.
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The author discusses the cultural implications of this, and certainly this information makes me much more self-conscious at parties. 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.
The end of the book explores whether ‘laughter is the best medicine. Jan 20, Matthew Holder rated it it was ok.
The idea for the book is way better than the book. Dec 18, Frederic Kerr rated it it was ok. For a supposed scientific investigation, this book is really superficial. We learn that laughter is social, contagious and healthy, but very little about why we laugh. There are chapters on tickling, African laughter epidemics and diseases that cause laughter-like symptoms, but no insight into the situations that create laughter.
Sep 24, lou rated it really liked it Shelves: Currently reading as research for a dynamic media project. More review of the book to follow. I’ve been reading it on and off since I picked it up in I’m a little less than half-way through now, but R.prkvine have to back track and review some of the beginning chapters as r.peovine refresher.
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I’ll be setting up my own taxonomy of laughter, mapping laughter to potential triggers in real life, deciphering when laughter is socially acceptable and when its not, investigating the concept Currently reading as research for a dynamic media project. I’ll be setting up my own taxonomy of laughter, mapping laughter 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 Too early to tell at this point.
For such a compelling subject, I unfortunately often found myself disinterested. There’s an inordinate amount of attention dedicated to periphery topics, such as operas that have transcribed laughter, chimpanzees, bipedalism, and tickling.
I was also troubled by the disregard for social gender bias in the findings about gender and laughter.
Laughter: A Scientific Investigation
The few highlights can be found in the chapters on abnormal and contagious laughter. Oct 28, Charlie George rated it did not like it Shelves: This book got a bit of hype when it first came out. Scientific American liked it, NPR, robet. I never saw what the fuss was about.
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. Jan 27, Cara rated it really liked it. Provine delves into all the aspects of laughter: I thought it was a really interesting and sometimes even humorous read.
Interesting ideas, and some very interesting facts man is the only animal that laughs, really laughs But all in all I kind of felt like this was a book written by a professor to show his students how to write up a research project. Maybe I just had trouble with the style. The content was very interesting. Finally a serious book about the funny side of life.
Facts, theories, and even some tips about better living through laughter. A joy to read! Jul 10, Justin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I’m going through with a highlighter and loving it even more the second time!
This was a fascinating read and illuminates things we may have noticed but not understood. How laughter “works” physiologically, the difference between humor and laughter, giggling, how the sexes laugh differently, inappropriate laughter, and more.
Jun 25, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: Somewhat tedious, but useful to read if you’re doing research in humor. Aug 18, Carrie rated it it was ok. Very analytical and academic, somewhat dry oh, irony. Feb 13, Gobert rated it liked it.
Most interesting stuff was in the first few chapters discussion of language, physiological reasons for laughter etc. While I generally enjoyed the explanation of the laughter related studies, statistics, anecdotes, theories, etc.
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