A Scientific Investigation

Author: Robert R. Provine

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101659254

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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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.

Laughter in Interaction

Author: Phillip Glenn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139437370

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

View: 487

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.


a socio-scientific analysis

Author: Joyce Oramel Hertzler

Publisher: N.A


Category: Humor

Page: 231

View: 2844


Humour and laughter

theory, research and applications

Author: Anthony J. Chapman,Hugh C. Foot

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412825740

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 348

View: 3535

Humor and laughter play a vital part in our everyday social encounters. In this book, well-known psychologists including Thomas R. Shultz, Mary K. Rathbart, and Goran Nerhardt explore the psychology of humor and laughter, examining the major theoretical perspectives underlying current approaches. This volume draws together the main empirical work done over the course of the twentieth century.


The Secret of Good Health

Author: S.P. Sharma

Publisher: Pustak Mahal

ISBN: 9788122308167


Page: 115

View: 1601

Be the soul of the party.Find favour with your associates in business,or social circles!Get going with Laughter-the Secret of Good Health!In fact,the fastest way to break the ice in many a situation is to crack a joke. Which is why Danish pianist Victor Borge had quipped: Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.This book is replete with humorous one-liners, quips, quotes and anecdotes that will have you rolling with laughter.The book also dwells on famous humourists and other personalities with a sharp sense of humour, including Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi, amongst others.Jokes apart, laughter also has multiple therapeutic benefits, as attested by medicalmen--and elucidated by oft-repeated maxim,Laughter is the best medicine.Indeed, in March 1995, the first Laughter Club was launched by a Mumbai-based doctor precisely for its therapeutic benefits.This book also tells you all about the scientific benefits of laughter. So read, laugh and be merry!For therein lies the secret of good health and happiness.


Notes on a Passion

Author: Anca Parvulescu

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262514745

Category: Philosophy

Page: 211

View: 4025

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

Behind the Laughter

Author: Sherrie Hewson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007412630

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 3801

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.


An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic

Author: Henri Bergson

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486113574

Category: Humor

Page: 112

View: 1915

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.

On the Comic and Laughter

Author: Vladimir I︠A︡kovlevich Propp

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802099262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 191

View: 8658

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 in Eastern and Western Philosophies

Proceedings of the Académie du Midi

Author: Hans-Georg Moeller,Günter Wohlfart

Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH

ISBN: 349586038X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 234

View: 3455

This anthology looks at laughter through intercultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. It focuses on humoristic aspects of East-Asian philosophies such as Daoism and Zen Buddhism as well as on the use of irony and wit by Western authors ranging from ancient Greece to contemporary Newfoundland.

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: 6312

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?

In a Fit of Laughter

An Anthology of Modern Humor

Author: Veronica Geng

Publisher: N.A


Category: American wit and humor

Page: 296

View: 4209


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: 2664

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

"Die Simpsons" im Kontext der amerikanischen Populärkultur

Author: Michael Czogalla

Publisher: Tectum Wissenschaftsverlag

ISBN: 3828853838

Category: Social Science

Page: 140

View: 4578

Die amerikanische Gesellschaft steckt voller Kontroversen. Dazu gehören auch familiäre und religiöse Gesichtspunkte des gemeinschaftlichen Lebens. Neben verschiedenen Themen aus Kultur und Politik sind diese Aspekte den Simpsons-Machern besonders wichtig. Der animierte Umgang mit postmodernen Gesellschaftsproblemen ist die verdaulichere Variante, Kritik an einem System zu äußern, das kontroverser kaum sein könnte. Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa und Maggie stellen jeder für sich einen amerikanischen Typus dar, den man in den 'Springfields' Amerikas nicht lange suchen muss. Neben einer Einführung in die Animationsgeschichte und dem Simpsonschen Beitrag zur Populärkultur, werden anhand von unzähligen Originalzitaten und Szenen der Serie "Die Simpsons" verschiedene Kontroversen der amerikanischen Gesellschaft untersucht.

The Sound of Laughter

Author: Peter Kay

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409062767

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 7902

Peter Kay's unerring gift for observing the absurdities and eccentricities of family life has earned himself a widespread, everyman appeal. These vivid observations coupled with a kind of nostalgia that never fails to grab his audience's shared understanding, have earned him comparisons with Alan Bennett and Ronnie Barker. In his award winning TV series' he creates worlds populated by degenerate, bitter, useless, endearing and always recognisable characters which have attracted a huge and loyal following. In many ways he's an old fashioned kind of comedian and the scope and enormity of his fanbase reflects this. He doesn't tell jokes about politics or sex, but rather rejoices in the far funnier areas of life: elderly relatives and answering machines, dads dancing badly at weddings, garlic bread and cheesecake, your mum's HRT... His autobiography is full of this kind of humour and nostalgia, beginning with Kay's first ever driving lesson, taking him back through his Bolton childhood, the numerous jobs he held after school and leading up until the time he passed his driving test and found fame.


Author: N.A

Publisher: Lichtenstein Creative Media

ISBN: 1888064684


Page: N.A

View: 5470


The Senses of Humor

Self and Laughter in Modern America

Author: Daniel Wickberg

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801430787

Category: History

Page: 267

View: 4494

Why do modern Americans believe in something called a sense of humor, and how did they come to that belief? Daniel Wickberg traces the relatively short cultural history of the concept to its British origins as a way to explore new conceptions of the self and social order in modern America. More than simply the history of an idea, Wickberg's study provides new insights into a peculiarly modern cultural sensibility. The expression "sense of humor" was first coined in the 1840s, and the idea that such a sense was a personality trait to be valued developed only in the 1870s. What is the relationship between medieval humoral medicine and this distinctively modern idea of the sense of humor? What has it meant in the past 125 years to declare that someone lacks a sense of humor? Why do modern Americans say it is a good thing not to take oneself seriously? How is the joke, as a twentieth-century quasi-literary form, different from the traditional folktale? Wickberg addresses these questions among others and in the process uses the history of ideas to throw new light on the way contemporary Americans think and speak about humor and laughter. The context of Wickberg's analysis is Anglo-American; the specifically British meanings of humor and laughter from the sixteenth century forward provide the framework for understanding American cultural values in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The genealogy of the sense of humor is, like the study of keywords, an avenue into a significant aspect of the cultural history of modernity. Drawing on a wide range of sources and disciplinary perspectives, Wickberg's analysis challenges many of the prevailing views of modern American culture and suggests a new model for cultural historians.

The Secret of Laughter

Magical Tales from Classical Persia

Author: Shusha Guppy

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781850434276

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

View: 6096

These narratives offer cultural, psychological and social insights into the attitudes, morals and values of Iranian society."--Jacket.