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Lecture 35

PSYCH 1101 Lecture 35: Humor Part 1
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Psychology
Course Code
PSYCH 1101
Professor
David Pizarro

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Lecture'35'-Humor'Part'1
Thursday,& December& 7,&2017
6:02&PM

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Lecture 35 - Humor Part 1 Thursday, December 7, 2017 6:02 PM Study of humor Laughter and humor are forgotten topic in psychology even though these are common daily occurrences that we know relatively little about Laughter tends to be a good indicator of what is funny Laughter Laughter is universal in humans and starts in infancy Involves the contraction and stimulation of 15 facial muscles In an EEG analysis, the left side of the cortex analyzed the words and structure of the joke Frontal lobe then becomes active The right hemisphere may be used to "get" the joke with intellectual analysis During a study, electrical stimulation was applied to induce laughter and the patient gave made up reasons as to why she was laughing Endorphins are released during laughing Laughter as medicine Laughter reduces stress hormones Laughter is incongruent with negative states that are bad for health Laughter is social and contagious Functions as a social lubricant in that we dont always have to be laughing at something funny Theories of laughter We laugh when there is an inconsistency between what we expect and what happens Doesnt explain why this causes laughter We laugh to feel superior to another Benign violation theory: we laugh when s
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