Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why.

Weems, Scott.

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For years, scientists have known that humour improves our health and now by viewing it as a rigorous exercise of the mind we understand why. The author’s aim is to explore how to incorporate more humour into your life as he investigates the science of humour and laughing. Packed with the latest research, anecdotes and even a few jokes, this is a delightful tour of why humour is so important in our daily lives.


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humour, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny,and why?In this fascinating investigation into the science of humour and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what's happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter. While we typically think of humour in terms of jokes or comic timing, in Ha! Weems proposes a provocative new model. humour arises from inner conflict in the brain, he argues, and is part of a larger desire to comprehend a complex world. Showing that the delight that comes with getting" a punchline is closely related to the joy that accompanies the insight to solve a difficult problem, Weems explores why surprise is such an important element in humour, why computers are terrible at recognizing what's funny, and why it takes so long for a tragedy to become acceptable comedic fodder. From the role of insult jokes to the benefit of laughing for our immune system, Ha! reveals why humour is so idiosyncratic, and why how-to books alone will never help us become funnier people.Packed with the latest research, illuminating anecdotes, and even a few jokes, Ha! lifts the curtain on this most human of qualities. From the origins of humour in our brains to its life on the standup comedy circuit, this book offers a delightful tour of why humour is so important to our daily lives.

Book Details

Author Weems, Scott.
Format HC
Imprint Basic Books
Number of Pages 256
Publish Date 4/03/2014
Catalogue Jul18
Catalogue book number 282