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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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Set up a giveaway. This was a fascinating read and illuminates things we may have noticed but not understood. Jest for Your Health!

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roert I was also troubled by the disregard for social gender bias in the findings about gender and laughter. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jana Adamsons rated it liked it Jan 25, 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.

There are chapters on tickling, African laughter epidemics and diseases that cause laughter-like symptoms, but no insight into the situations that create laughter. An empirical eye, a scientists facility with observation and experimentation, and a broad understanding of social sciences, neuroscience, and evolution make this the most comprehensive and best substantiated book on laughter and tickling available.


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This is an erudite, wide-ranging, witty, and long-overdue exploration of a frequently surprising subject. Provine has authored more than fifty research articles concerning developmental neuroscience and animal and human behavior. Different kinds of laughter are discussed. Dec 01, Pages Buy. Looking for More Great Reads? My library Help Advanced Book Search. Table Of Contents Acknowledgments bj. Has anyone ever really died laughing? 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?

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Dec 18, Frederic Kerr rated it it was ok. Finally a serious book about the funny side of life. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

Interesting ideas, and some very interesting facts man is the only animal that laughs, really laughs Very analytical and academic, somewhat dry oh, irony. More review of the book to follow. Jennifer rated it really liked it Jul 31, Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Sergei Moska rated it liked it Apr 21, 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.


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Laughter: A Scientific Investigation by Robert R. Provine

PenguinDec 1, – Psychology – pages. English Choose a language for shopping. Casey rated it liked it Jul 15, 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 environments to increase laughter.

But all in all I kind of felt like this was a book written by a professor to laugnter his students how to write up a research project. Laughter has surprisingly little to do with jokes and funny stories.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Provine PenguinDec 1, – Psychology – pages 0 Reviews https: I’ve been reading it on and off since I picked it up in Maybe I just had trouble with the style. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. When discussing the first exam, Provine suggested that we just read and analyze every sentence from Chapters One thru Three.

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