Why do we laugh?  Is it true that animals laugh, and if so, why do animals laugh?  I explore the basics of laughter; how it works, why we do it, and how necessary having a good sense of humour really is.  Is laughter a key element in being social, or is being social a key element in our laughing?  From the extremes of seizures that can lead to uncontrolled laughter to simple physiological changes in your body caused by laughter, the science of laughter has progressed to suggest that what we learn about laughter may be important to medicine generally.  In my lectures and demonstrations, you will see how the brain makes sense of our topsy-turvy world, and why this sometimes leads us to laugh.


Hear some of my radio shows about the subject of laughter:

BBC Radio 4 (Home Service) - "Midweek with Libby Purves".

BBC Radio 4 (Home Service) - "Material World with Quentin Cooper".

Read one of my articles about laughter:

Times Higher Educational Supplement - 'Why I... laugh?' .
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