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Why do we laugh? Laughter has surprisingly little to do with jokes and funny stories. It is an ancient, unconsciously controlled vocal relic that co-exists with modern speech—-a social, psychological and biological act which predates humor and is shared with our primate cousins, the great apes. With startling effect, laughter reveals why humans can talk and other apes cannot and leads to the discovery of the event essential for the evolution of human speech and language.

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Robert Provine was studying nerve cells for eight hours a day in a windowless lab when he made a keen observation that would alter his life, and the shape of social science: I am getting tired of this.

He decided to study laughter instead, taking his methods out into the world and, through a series of studies and popular books, helping to create the modern science of humor. Provine, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, died at 76 on Oct. His wife, Helen Weems, said the cause was complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Provine dug in, measuring the different sounds of laughter, its varying cadences and loudness, its presence in primates.

Chimpanzees laugh, too. He and a team of graduate students lurked for hours with their notebooks at shopping malls, student unions and other public spaces, recording and evaluating some 1, pre-laughter comments.

They found that, contrary to common wisdom, laughter is rarely a response to jokes, stories or a prank. Provine wrote in a issue of American Scientist. Laughter, of the derisive kind, can also be a means of excluding people, Dr.

Provine found. Until then, humor researchers had mainly seen laughter as an outward expression of the inner experience of humor. His younger brother, William, died when he was a teenager. He completed a Ph. He worked there as a research assistant until , when he moved to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

He spent the rest of his career there and, by all accounts, embodied the figure of a laughter researcher: a bearded, congenial, wisecracking presence whose own humor could straighten the spine at its wicked best.

He married Ms. Weems in In addition to her, he is survived by two children from his first marriage, Kimberly Lourenco and Robert W. Provine; and three grandchildren. In his American Scientist article, Dr. Provine wrote that the science of laughter was still far from worked out. If so, what is the nature of its development and heritability? Where is Roger now that I need him? Home Page World U.

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Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

Robert R. Laughter : A Scientific Investigation. Why do we laugh? Laughter has surprisingly little to do with jokes and funny stories. It is an ancient, unconsciously controlled vocal relic that co-exists with our relatively modern speech - a social, psychological and biological act which predates humour and is sharedwith our primate cousins, the great apes. In this book Robert Provine uses laughter as a powerful probe into human social relationships, revealing that tickling is a form of tactilecommunication, not a reflex; that women laugh more at men than vice-versa; that speakers laugh more than their audiences; and that laughter is mostly about relationships, not jokes.

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Robert Provine, an Authority on Laughter, Is Dead at 76

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Robert Provine was studying nerve cells for eight hours a day in a windowless lab when he made a keen observation that would alter his life, and the shape of social science: I am getting tired of this. He decided to study laughter instead, taking his methods out into the world and, through a series of studies and popular books, helping to create the modern science of humor. Provine, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, died at 76 on Oct. His wife, Helen Weems, said the cause was complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Provine dug in, measuring the different sounds of laughter, its varying cadences and loudness, its presence in primates. Chimpanzees laugh, too. He and a team of graduate students lurked for hours with their notebooks at shopping malls, student unions and other public spaces, recording and evaluating some 1, pre-laughter comments.

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Do men and women laugh at the same things? Is laughter contagious? Has anyone ever really died laughing? Is laughing good for your health? Drawing upon ten years of research into this most common-yet complex and often puzzling-human phenomenon, Dr. This is an erudite, wide-ranging, witty, and long-overdue exploration of a frequently surprising subject. Robert R.

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