Researchers investigate how laughter improves both mental and physical well-being.
Laughing and smiling more might help to buffer against the effects of stress, researchers report.
Canned laughter tracks increase how funny we find a joke and how much we laugh, even when the jokes are groan-worthy. Testing the hypothesis on both neurotypical people and those on the autism spectrum, researchers found the effect was universal.
Stimulating the cingulum bundle during neurosurgery where people are awake results in immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness in patients, a new study reports.
According to a new study, boys who show behaviors consistent with psychopathic traits report they did not want to join in with laughter as much as their peers. Additionally, neuroimaging revealed reduced response to the sound of laughter in areas of the brain associated with emotional perception.
Researchers investigate the cognitive mechanisms behind humor and laughter. They discover jokes that are too complicated tend to lose the audience.