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2010-08-10 13:04:45

What makes something funny? Philosophers have been tossing that question around since Plato. Now two psychological scientists think they've come up with the formula: humor comes from a violation or threat to the way the world ought to be that is, at the same time, benign. Most older theories of humor all come up short in one way or another, says A. Peter McGraw, of the University of Colorado-Boulder, who coauthored the study with Caleb Warren. Freud thought humor came from a release of...

2010-08-03 21:03:00

SPOKANE, Wash., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Laugh, Cry, Eat Some Pie, Deanna Davis's third book, is available at booksellers today. The book departs from traditional self-help manuals by combining stories from Davis's life with strategies for life change from disciplines like Positive Psychology and Neuroscience. Davis is a speaker, coach, and entertainer known for blending humor with "how-to." Laugh, Cry, Eat Some Pie merges powerful research with practical strategies for transforming lives...

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2010-06-04 10:20:00

A sense of humor helps to keep people healthy and increases their chances of reaching retirement age. But after the age of 70, the health benefits of humor decrease, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have found. The study has just been published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, and was composed of an examination of records from 53,500 individuals who were followed up after seven years. The study is based on a comprehensive database...

2010-04-09 10:39:00

PARAMUS, N.J., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Monitor Network, the leading multimedia provider of health education, is encouraging iPad users to "shake it" and to "Laugh Out Loud for Health" ("LOL"), with a novel iPad application available free of charge from the iTunes store. With just a tap and a shake, iPad users can access jokes and a calorie counter. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

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2010-04-01 06:15:00

This April Fools' Day, regardless of whether you're the one playing the prank or the victim of someone else's shenanigans, odds are you'll be laughing--and to Baltimore based neuroscientist Robert Provine, that's serious business. Provine, author of the book "Laughter: A Scientific Investigation" and the subject of a March 31 article by Associated Press (AP) science writer Seth Borenstein, believes that only 10-percent to 15-percent of a person's laughter comes as the result of jokes or...

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2010-03-30 10:58:35

Acoustic analysis of the 'giggle' sound made by spotted hyenas has revealed that the animals' laughter encodes information about age, dominance and identity. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Ecology recorded the calls of 26 hyenas in captivity and found that variations in the giggles' pitch and timbre may help hyenas to establish social hierarchies. Fr©d©ric Theunissen, from the University of California at Berkeley, USA, and Nicolas Mathevon, from the...

2010-01-25 17:08:12

Here's a piece of research that might leave you tickled: laughter is a universal language, according to new research. The study, conducted with people from Britain and Namibia, suggests that basic emotions such as amusement, anger, fear and sadness are shared by all humans. Everybody shares the vast majority of their genetic makeup with each other, meaning that most of our physical characteristics are similar. We all share other attributes, too, such as having complex systems of communication...

2009-12-01 08:30:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD), the leading source of health information, today announced the honorees of the 2009 WebMD Health Heroes awards. The fourth annual WebMD Health Heroes honor Americans with extraordinary stories of personal courage and perseverance, who lead an effort to help others achieve better health. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091201/NY18114 ) "WebMD is honoring its 2009 Health Heroes for their...

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2009-10-14 10:58:57

Laughter is an emotional expression that is innate in human beings. This means laughing at others is also believed to be a universal phenomenon. However, the fear of being laughed at causes some people enormous problems in their social lives. This is known as gelotophobia, a disorder that affects people in all cultures alike. What is the difference between a shy person and another who suffers from gelotophobia? One of the aims of a study published recently in the scientific journal Humor,...

2009-08-10 12:34:27

Seeing a smile, or reading about the verb to smile can activate the muscles in the face that make that expression, Dutch researchers found. Francesco Foroni from VU University in Amsterdam and Gun R. Semin of the University of Utrecht conducted an experiment with a group of students. They had the students read a series of emotion verbs -- to smile, to cry -- and adjectives -- funny, frustrating -- on a monitor, while the activity of the muscle responsible for smiles and the muscle causing...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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