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faking laughter
2014-05-07 05:24:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online We’ve all pretended to laugh at those bad jokes our friends, family members or coworkers tell every now and then, but how often are we convincing in those efforts? Apparently, just over one-third of the time, according to UCLA associate professor of communication studies Greg Bryant. In what the university is calling “the first scholarly exploration of the acoustic differences between fake and genuine laughter and our ability...


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