Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone?
Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of cracking up.
Laughter has been well documented in mammals (humans, primates, rats). It is associated with tickling and play but mostly interactions like conversation. Most people laugh to show that you like, love or agree with people-small percentage actually laugh at jokes. Laughing is a very social activity!
There are actually 2 types of laughter: Posed or polite/social or (Real) helpless, hard-bellying laughing
Laughter is always meaningful and contagious. The younger you are the more contagious laughter is, the older we get (after 30) the better we get are separating the difference between posed or real laughter.
When you can (real) laugh with others it is about trust, maintaining social bonds, it makes us feel better. “When it comes to laughter, we ain’t nothing but mammals”
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