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Lecture 35

PSYCH 1101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 35: Norm (Social), Frontal LobePremium

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Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYCH 1101
Professor
David Pizarro
Lecture
35

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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&don’t&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&someone&harmlessly&violates&
a&social&norm
Tension-release&theory:&we&laugh&at&the&shared&experience& of&the&
passing&of&danger
Lecture'35'-Humor'Part'1
Thursday,& December& 7,&2017
6:02&PM
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