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Mini-lecture: The neuroscience of laughter (UCL)

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Published on Mar 5, 2010

Professor Sophie Scott, from UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, discusses her research on laughter. Professor Scott will talk about her work at a special event at UCL to mark this year's Brain Awareness Week.

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violinmusicfan
haha, I recall one day laughing with a friend and suddenly realized what a strange and animalistic act laughing was, which made me laugh even more. neuroscience is an exciting field!
C James S
"We're finding that [humour] is quite universal [among humans]." Research money well spent there!
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ProspectiveCorpse
Interesting!!
Henry Andrews
haha, great idea, I'm going to laugh my way to health!
camdevany
wish there was some explanation of the actual neural interaction behind this rather than just observations of which areas "light up" when we hear a laugh or scream or grimace. i know that auditory cortices light up when i hear a laugh, but what is the internal cascade that goes on, what is the actual interaction between the different cortices involved, and what are their individual/collaborative role(s)?
nomdeplume84
Very interesting and encouraging to hear that laughter is one of the more powerful emotions
BlueKeyNotesTen
I'm so happy this video exists. I was being tortured by the thought "why the hell do we laugh?". I dunno how the thought started, but it just happened and I was really dying to know some more on why we do it.
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