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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Table Of Contents Acknowledgments 1. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Very analytical and academic, somewhat dry oh, irony. It is an ancient, unconsciously controlled vocal relic that co-exists with our relatively modern speech – a social, psychological and biological act which predates humour and is sharedwith our primate cousins, the great apes. Provine No preview available – It was a gift to my son so I really haven’t read it, but he is always laughing when he reads it!


More review of the book to follow. Provine delves into all the aspects of laughter: Return to Book Page.

The results presented are really interesting and the most important: A Scientific Investigation by Robert R. PenguinDec 1, – Psychology – pages.

Published December 1st by Penguin Books first published July 1st Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond.

I’ve been reading it on and off since I picked it up in Currently reading as research for a dynamic media project.

Please try again later. Dec 01, Pages. Drawing upon ten years of research into this most common-yet r.provins and often puzzling-human phenomenon, Dr. 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.

The chapters are very short, but the amount of detail within one paragraph makes it nearly impossible to know what to study.


Too early to tell at this point. Provine No preview available – Laughter: Natural History of Laughter 4.

Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

A set of scientific conclusions, based on scientific methods, is presented. Feb 13, Jacob rated it liked it.

Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Viking- Social Science – pages. This is an erudite, wide-ranging, witty, and long-overdue exploration of a frequently surprising subject.

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