A Scientific Investigation

Author: Robert R. Provine

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101659254

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

View: 2553

Do men and women laugh at the same things? Is laughter contagious? Has anyone ever really died laughing? Is laughing good for your health? Drawing upon ten years of research into this most common-yet complex and often puzzling-human phenomenon, Dr. Robert Provine, the world's leading scientific expert on laughter, investigates such aspects of his subject as its evolution, its role in social relationships, its contagiousness, its neural mechanisms, and its health benefits. This is an erudite, wide-ranging, witty, and long-overdue exploration of a frequently surprising subject.


Notes on a Passion

Author: Anca Parvulescu

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262514745

Category: Philosophy

Page: 211

View: 5348

Uncovering an archive of laughter, from the forbidden giggle to the explosive guffaw.

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

A Novel

Author: Milan Kundera

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060932147

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 557

Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed, and experienced.

Prescription for Laughter

Handling Health-care Hassles with Humor

Author: Bruce Abrahams

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475958641

Category: Humor

Page: 116

View: 694

You don’t feel well, so you call your doctor and get put on hold. The first available appointment is in three weeks. They ask about insurance. You tell them, “HMO.” It is now four weeks. You quickly say, “PPO.” It’s back to three weeks. You plead and then yell. They say next week, angrily. You are now afraid they will mark your file and give you expired drugs made for rabid cows. You mention lawsuit. They’ll squeeze you in tomorrow. You arrive fifteen minutes early, wait three hours, and see the doctor for two minutes. The prescription drug you get keeps you in the bathroom. Your insurance refuses to pay. Collectors call. You now have high blood pressure, so you call your doctor. You’re put on hold. The first available appointment is in three weeks. Hassles like these are inherent in the idiocy, incompetence, and illogical nature of America’s health-care system. Author Bruce Abrahams is not a doctor; instead, he’s a person with so many medical conditions that his medical alert bracelet simply states, “Never mind.” As a perennial patient, Abrahams shares embarrassing anecdotes and provides valuable tips in dealing with health-care difficulties for both healthy and “health-challenged” individuals. While carefully dissecting common difficulties using humor, Abrahams explores how to take charge of your health care. Prescription for Laughter offers practical advice from a patient’s perspective that will keep you laughing as you successfully navigate a complicated health-care system.

Laughter, Humor, and the (Un)making of Gender

Historical and Cultural Perspectives

Author: A. Foka,J. Liliequist

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137463651

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 8665

Humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. Throughout history, it has played a crucial role in defining gender roles and identities. This collection offers an in-depth thematic examination of this relationship between humor and gender, spanning a variety of historical and cultural backdrops.

Laughter in Interaction

Author: Phillip Glenn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139437370

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

View: 1133

Laughter in Interaction is an illuminating and lively account of how and why people laugh during conversation. Bringing together twenty-five years of research on the sequential organisation of laughter in everyday talk, Glenn analyses recordings and transcripts to show the finely detailed co-ordination of human laughter. He demonstrates that its production and placement, relative to talk and other activities, reveal much about its emergent meaning and accomplishments. The book shows how the participants in a conversation move from a single laugh to laughing together, how the matter of 'who laughs first' implicates orientation to social activities and how interactants work out whether laughs are more affiliative or hostile. The final chapter examines the contribution of laughter to sequences of conversational intimacy and play and to the invocation of gender. Engaging and original, the book shows how this seemingly insignificant part of human communication turns out to play a highly significant role in how people display, respond to and revise identities and relationships.

Humor and Laughter

Theory, Research and Applications

Author: Hugh Foot

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351514210

Category: Psychology

Page: 348

View: 4982

Humor and laughter play a vital part in our everyday social encounters. This book is concerned with the exploration of the psychology of humor and laughter by the foremost professional researchers in these areas. It examines the major theoretical perspectives underlying current approaches and it draws together for the first time the main empirical work done over the course of this century. Peter Berks brings this story up to the moment.The two major parts of the book deal with perception of and responses to humor, and its uses in society at large. The chapters themselves range from cognitive aspects of humor development, through the functions of humor and laughter in social interaction, to the use of humor by comedians and by the mass media. One of the general features of the volume is the concern with the variety of techniques and research methods which are used in studies aimed at understanding our responsiveness to humor and the contexts in which we create it.Humor and Laughter contains chapters by psychologists with longstanding research interests in humor and laughter, including Thomas R. Shultz, Mary K. Rothbart, Goran Nerhardt, Michael Godkewitsch, Walter E. O'Connell, and Harvey Mindess. Humor and Laughter presents wide-ranging theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives on an important area of human behavior and social interaction. This book should interest many behavioral scientists and practitioners, particularly those in social and clinical psychology, psychiatry, child psychology and education, sociology, and related disciplines.

Laughter in Ancient Rome

On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up

Author: Mary Beard

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520958209

Category: History

Page: 326

View: 1775

What made the Romans laugh? Was ancient Rome a carnival, filled with practical jokes and hearty chuckles? Or was it a carefully regulated culture in which the uncontrollable excess of laughter was a force to fear—a world of wit, irony, and knowing smiles? How did Romans make sense of laughter? What role did it play in the world of the law courts, the imperial palace, or the spectacles of the arena? Laughter in Ancient Rome explores one of the most intriguing, but also trickiest, of historical subjects. Drawing on a wide range of Roman writing—from essays on rhetoric to a surviving Roman joke book—Mary Beard tracks down the giggles, smirks, and guffaws of the ancient Romans themselves. From ancient "monkey business" to the role of a chuckle in a culture of tyranny, she explores Roman humor from the hilarious, to the momentous, to the surprising. But she also reflects on even bigger historical questions. What kind of history of laughter can we possibly tell? Can we ever really "get" the Romans’ jokes?

On the Comic and Laughter

Author: Vladimir I︠A︡kovlevich Propp

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802099262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 191

View: 3782

An extensive investigation of the forms and functions of the comic, this lively and engaging English critical edition will be welcomed by those interested in laughter, comedy, folklore, Russian literature, and specific authors such as Gogol, Pushkin, Chekhov, Rabelais, Molière, and Shakespeare. The direct, humorous, and provocative style of this work, which tackles the subject of humour with a vast array of vivid examples encountered on every page, will certainly appeal to the contemporary reader. Vladimir Propp takes various forms of laughter in literature and real life and addresses questions such as the comic of similarity, the comic of difference, parody, duping, incongruity, lying, ritual laughter, and carnival laughter. The author of the widely acclaimed Morphology of the Folktale has written an original, comprehensive, and exciting study on how humour works, and on everything you wanted to know about the genre, in a clear, approachable, and insightful manner.

Laughter and Ridicule

Towards a Social Critique of Humour

Author: Michael Billig

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412911436

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 8029

From Thomas Hobbes' fear of the power of laughter to the compulsory, packaged "fun" of the contemporary mass media, Billig takes the reader on a stimulating tour of the strange world of humour. Both a significant work of scholarship and a novel contribution to the understanding of the humourous, this is a seriously engaging book' - David Inglis, University of Aberdeen This delightful book tackles the prevailing assumption that laughter and humour are inherently good. In developing a critique of humour the author proposes a social theory that places humour - in the form of ridicule - as central to social life. Billig argues that all cultures use ridicule as a disciplinary means to uphold norms of conduct and conventions of meaning. Historically, theories of humour reflect wider visions of politics, morality and aesthetics. For example, Bergson argued that humour contains an element of cruelty while Freud suggested that we deceive ourselves about the true nature of our laughter. Billig discusses these and other theories, while using the topic of humour to throw light on the perennial social problems of regulation, control and emancipation.


a socio-scientific analysis

Author: Joyce Oramel Hertzler

Publisher: N.A


Category: Humor

Page: 231

View: 6173



An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic

Author: Henri Bergson

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486113574

Category: Humor

Page: 112

View: 7206

Bergson explores why people laugh and what laughter means. A classic statement of the principles of humor, it explores what it is in language that makes a joke funny.

Laughter, The Best Medicine: Those Lovable Pets

Reader's Digest Funniest Pet Jokes, Quotes, and Cartoons

Author: Editors of Reader's Digest

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1606524003

Category: Humor

Page: 216

View: 5295

People are funny, but so are the animals we love-and our day-to-day relationships with them can be even more entertaining. Dogs and cats obviously rule the comedic roost, but parrots, parakeets, and other talking birds are often an endless source of amusement as well. Even our connection to bunnies, hamsters, and the occasional white rat can evoke a good laugh. The 500-plus pet anecdotes, cartoons, and quotes in Laughter Is The Best Medicine: Those Lovable Pets have been collected from more than eight decades' worth of Reader's Digest magazines and are guaranteed to cheer up your day. You'll meet the woman whose dog trembled at the "Beware of Dog" sign in their front yard until she told him, "Relax! It's you!"; the vet whose advice to a woman whose cat had swallowed lots of unpopped popcorn was, "first, keep him out of the sun"; the mother-in-law who concealed her way-too-plump piglet's weight loss pills in ice cream; and much more. Our furry or fine feathered friends not only warm our hearts but also amuse us (and our joke writers, too) with their antics-one reason, no doubt, the market for this book is so vast: At the minimum, 40 percent of American households own at least one pet.


An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic

Author: Henri Bergson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Comedy

Page: 200

View: 6671


The Anatomy of Laughter

Author: Toby Garfitt,Edith McMorran,Jane Taylor

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 180

View: 864

What is laughter - physiologically, psychologically, metaphysically, linguistically, artistically? And what about its politics and ideology? Is laughter culture-specific? Does it travel? These questions were addressed in two colloquia organized by TRIO (Translation Research in Oxford) at St Hugh's College, Oxford, in 2001-2.

Laughter in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times

Epistemology of a Fundamental Human Behavior, its Meaning, and Consequences

Author: Albrecht Classen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110245485

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 862

View: 8782

Despite popular opinions of the ‘dark Middle Ages’ and a ‘gloomy early modern age,’ many people laughed, smiled, giggled, chuckled, entertained and ridiculed each other. This volume demonstrates how important laughter had been at times and how diverse the situations proved to be in which people laughed, and this from late antiquity to the eighteenth century. The contributions examine a wide gamut of significant cases of laughter in literary texts, historical documents, and art works where laughter determined the relationship among people. In fact, laughter emerges as a kaleidoscopic phenomenon reflecting divine joy, bitter hatred and contempt, satirical perspectives and parodic intentions. In some examples protagonists laughed out of sheer happiness and delight, in others because they felt anxiety and insecurity. It is much more difficult to detect premodern sculptures of laughing figures, but they also existed. Laughter reflected a variety of concerns, interests, and intentions, and the collective approach in this volume to laughter in the past opens many new windows to the history of mentality, social and religious conditions, gender relationships, and power structures.

Behind the Laughter

Author: Sherrie Hewson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007412630

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 5088

Join Loose Women's Sherrie Hewson on her rollercoaster ride through the laughter, tears and tantrums of an extraordinary life lived on and off the screen.

Women and Laughter in Medieval Comic Literature

Author: Lisa Renée Perfetti

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472113217

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

View: 7704

We read in many analyses of medieval literature how male authors emplyed various types of women to explore and air their own anxieties and fears about women and other worldly things. This study looks at the role played by the witty comic heroine and what this tells us about what women laughed at, their position within society and how they were treated and perceived by men. Collating evidence from a range of literary, religious, didactic and philosophical works, written between the 13th and 16th century in English, French, Italian, German and Arabic, Perfetti assesses the nature and function of women's laughter from a literary-feminist perspective.