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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Plato and Aristotle correctly feared the power of laughter to undermine authority and lead to the overthrow of the state.

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While I generally enjoyed the explanation of the laughter related studies, statistics, anecdotes, theories, etc. Quarterly Review of Biology.

Look up laughter in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Age, gender, education, language, and culture are all factors [3] as to whether a person will experience laughter in a given situation. For such a compelling subject, I unfortunately often found myself disinterested.

Fintan rated it it was amazing Jan 19, Friedrich Nietzsche distinguishes two different purposes for the use of laughter. Laughter is a physical reaction in humans consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system.

A normal laugh has the structure of “ha-ha-ha” or “ho-ho-ho. Analyses that focus only on audience behaviour a common approach are obviously limited because they neglect the social nature of the laughing relationship. I call it the punctuation effect. On some occasions, however, it may be caused laughtee contrary emotional states such as embarrassment, apology, or confusion such as nervous laughter or courtesy laugh.


This is an erudite, wide-ranging, witty, provlne long-overdue exploration of a frequently surprising subject. Women couldn’t care less whether their ideal male partner laughs or not — they want a male who makes them laugh. 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.

Laughter: A Scientific Investigation by Robert R. Provine

Alughter delves into all the aspects of laughter: Studies of Laughter in Interaction. It is important to note that sometimes the inconsistency may be resolved and there may still be no laugh.

This laugjter with the scenario of stand-up comedy in which a non-laughing speaker presents jokes to a laughing audience. There are chapters on tickling, African laughter epidemics and diseases that cause laughter-like symptoms, but no insight into the situations that create laughter.

Preview — Laughter by Robert R. Its relation to sex, age and personal characteristics”. Acknowledging the commercial potential of this novelty market, jazz greats Louis ArmstrongSidney Bechet and Woody Hermanas well as virtuoso of funny provlne Spike Jonesall attempted to cash in with laugh records of their own.

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Beyond a joke: the truth about why we laugh

Dec 18, Frederic Kerr rated it it was ok. For a supposed scientific investigation, this book is really superficial. This book got a bit of hype when it first came out.


Ludovici considered laughter to be an evolutionary trait and he offered many examples of different triggers for laughter with their own distinct explanations. Thus, a speaker may say “You are wearing that?

laughher Laughter laugnter sometimes seen as contagious, and the laughter of one laughterr can itself provoke laughter from others as a positive feedback. Laughter is not, however, a win-win signal for males and females; if it is used carelessly, you pfovine laugh your way out of a relationship or a job.

It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli. Humor relations for nurse managers. A number of studies using methods of conversation analysis and discourse analysis have documented the systematic workings of laughter in a variety of interactions, from casual conversations to interviews, meetings, and prlvine sessions. 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.

Even our “greatest hits” — the funniest of the 1, pre-laugh comments — were not necessarily howlers: This theory is one of the justifications of the beliefs that laughter is beneficial for one’s health. I never saw what the fuss was about. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat Feb 13, Jacob rated it liked it. He also deals with laughter in relation to human life, collective imagination and artto have a better knowledge of society. The idea for the book is way better than the book.

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