Laughter

Humor can be dissected, as a frog can,” E. B. White wrote, “but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the purely scientific mind.” True to form, philosophers, scientists, and certain left-brained comedians have been scrutinizing humor’s innards for centuries, seeking a serious More

The New York Times: Eavesdrop on any conversation or pay close attention to your own and you’ll hear laughter. From explosive bursts to muffled snorts, some form of laughter punctuates almost all verbal communication. Electronic communication, too, LOL. You’ll probably also notice that, more often than not, the laughter is More

NPR: Humor is a funny thing. We know it when we see it, but identifying why something is humorous is another thing entirely. In fact, explaining why a joke is funny is a pretty reliable way to sap it of all humor. Yet, psychologists have taken on a more ambitious More