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I’m a scientist studying laughter – and it’s funnier than you might think | Sophie Scott15 Apr 9:34am

I’m a scientist studying laughter – and it’s funnier than you might think | Sophie Scott

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Parrots do it, rats do it, and we do it partly for social reasons. But to learn more, I need the help of comedy fansThe American writer EB White famously said, “Analysing humour is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” But is the same true of analysing laughter? I am a brain scientist who studies laughter, and I find it quite interesting, not least because scientific analyses tell us that pretty much everything we humans think we know about laughter is wrong. We think laughter is primarily something we do when we find something funny, but in fact most laughter is produced for social reasons – we are
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