The Science Of When We Laugh And Why

Book - 2014
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"Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there any way to figure out what we really find funny? In this fascinating investigation into the science of humor and laughter, neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what's happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter. Beginning with the premise that humor arises from inner conflict in the brain, Weems explores such issues as why surprise is so important for humor, why computers are terrible at recognizing what's funny, and why cringe-worthy stereotypes make us laugh the hardest. From the role of insult jokes to the benefit of laughing for our immune system responses, Ha! reveals why humor is so idiosyncratic, and why how-to books alone will never help us become funnier people. Packed with the latest research, amusing anecdotes (and even a few jokes), Ha! is a delightful tour of why humor is so important to our daily lives. "--
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9780465031702
Characteristics: 288 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Jun 11, 2014

Great book! Some people think that becoming aware of how/why humor works will somehow spoil it. Nonsense [if you know how breathing works you can still breathe].
This is the best summation of humor research i've ever seen, and i do track this subject.
I was particularly amused to learn that the more religious you get the more humorless you get. [Proof that religiosity isn't equal to spirituality!].

Jun 05, 2014

Didn't get to finish or renew it, someone else requested it. Hoping to get it back to finish.

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