Latest Laughter Stories

Different Laughter Interpreted By Different Parts Of The Brain
2013-05-09 12:21:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The human brain is capable of deciphering all kinds of social cues and interpreting them into perceptions about people or situations. Now, a group of German researchers has found that joyous or mocking laughter can spark activity in the social centers of the brain, while tickle-induced giggling does not have the same effect. "Laughing at someone and laughing with someone leads to different social consequences," said lead author...

Study Helps Decipher The Cause Of A Baby’s Cry
2013-02-20 14:08:03

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers focus a lot of attention on the youngest among us. Through different studies, attempts have been made to understand just how infants communicate and what their motivations are for offering up their cryptic little messages. The cognitive development of infants — and the challenge of understanding it — stems to the fact infants are endowed with only a very limited ability to communicate. For the youngest...

2013-02-13 23:03:15

Couples Who Want to Insure Lasting Love Will Work Through The Terms and Conditions of a Successful Modern Marriage as Well as the Predictors of the Future of Dating Relationships Both of Which Include Healthy Doses of Humor Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) February 13, 2013 Psychologist Steve Wilson makes a perennial check of divorce statistics. Once again, they are discouraging if not shocking. According to the McKinley Irvin blog, "In America, there is one divorce every 13 seconds. That´s...

2012-12-31 05:02:13

Dr. Sherri Worth´s new blog The Smile Scoop offers interesting perspectives on oral health, beauty, smile and laughter. Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) December 30, 2012 Dr. Sherri Worth, renowned cosmetic and reconstructive dentist in Newport Beach back in October started to post on their newly created blog called The Smile Scoop, promising interesting dentistry related posts. “The Center for Reconstructive Dentistry already had a blog,” says Dr. Worth. “A blog about how...

2012-12-14 05:00:44

Delayed reactions, sadness, and readjustment may be normal but they may signal something worse. Steve Wilson's free handbook will help. Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) December 13, 2012 The 2012 edition of Wilson's "The Best Ever Handbook of Everything-You-Need-to-Know About BEATING THE HOLIDAY BLUES AND POST-HOLIDAY LET-DOWN", is loaded with sound, practical advice and a good helping of humor. And, a related a one hour webinar class on the topic is available. "It is a common misconception that a...

Baby Laughter Project: Interview With Dr. Caspar Addyman
2012-11-13 15:38:29

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While our brains seem programmed to find baby laughter to be one of the most pleasant sounds imaginable, scientists at Birbeck University of London believe there´s also a lot that those adorable little coos and giggles can teach us about the early development of the human brain. Led by Dr. Caspar Addyman of university´s world-renowned BabyLab, a team of researchers is preparing to embark on a study that they´ve...

Baby Laughter Subject Of New Cognition Study
2012-11-05 15:00:32

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Believe it or not, there´s a lot to be learned from babies. In the 1890s the American philosopher and psychologist William James speculated that infants do not enter the world as ℠blank slates´ as had been previously thought. Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, James suggested that rather than passively absorbing information from their environment, babies come equipped with a great deal of built-in...

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