Why We Laugh: Science of Laughter

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In this TED Talk, British neuroscientist Prof. Sophie Scott delves deeply into the matter of laughter.

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A deputy director of the University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Prof. Sophie Scott seeks out the neurological basis of communication, whether it’s speech or vocalized emotion. As a pioneering researcher in the science of laughter, she’s made some unexpected discoveries – including that rats are ticklish, and that the one tactic that’s almost guaranteed to get someone to laugh is to show them someone else laughing. But as an occasional stand-up comedian with University College of London’s Bright Club, she shows that she’s no slouch at getting laughs herself.

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