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Sophie Scott: The Science of Laughter


If you ask people what makes them laugh, they will tell you they laugh at jokes: however if you look at when they laugh a very different pattern emerges, in which laughter can be seen as an extremely important social emotion.

In this Ri event, Sophie Scott explores the science of laughter, from laughter in other animals to the acoustics of laughter, and the ways that laughter is processed in our brains.

The science of laughter was presented at the Ri on Friday 28 March 2014.

[Source: The Royal Institution YouTube link]