Brainiac book club week 7 - Robert Provine


Hahaha! You'll be laughing when you realize all the misunderstandings we have about laughter, what it means, and where it comes from.

Why do speakers laugh more than their audience? Why do we laugh more when we're with people than when we're alone? Why do we laugh when thing aren't funny at all?  Dr. Robert Provine, authour of Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond helps us understand these phenomena this week on the Brainiac book club. 

Provine goes into detail on the evolution of the laugh, its misunderstood relationship with humour, its mammalian specificity, and how the common chuckle plays out in everyday social scenarios. 

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