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Trends Cogn Sci. 2014 Dec;18(12):618-20. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.09.002. Epub 2014 Oct 22.

The social life of laughter.

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1
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL London, UK. Electronic address: sophie.scott@ucl.ac.uk.
2
Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London, UK.
3
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL London, UK.

Abstract

Laughter is often considered to be the product of humour. However, laughter is a social emotion, occurring most often in interactions, where it is associated with bonding, agreement, affection, and emotional regulation. Laughter is underpinned by complex neural systems, allowing it to be used flexibly. In humans and chimpanzees, social (voluntary) laughter is distinctly different from evoked (involuntary) laughter, a distinction which is also seen in brain imaging studies of laughter.

KEYWORDS:

conversation; emotion; laughter; motor control; voice

PMID:
25439499
PMCID:
PMC4255480
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2014.09.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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