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Kirtland Community College Library R 705 .W44 2014 30775305477425 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780465031702 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 0465031706 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9780465080809 (e-book)
  • Physical Description: print
    xvii, 230 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: "What is?" The elusive concept of mirth -- Cocaine, chocolate, and Mr. Bean -- The kick of the discovery -- Stopover at the Empire State Building -- What for?" Humor and who we are -- Specialization is for insects -- Our computer overlords -- "So what?" Becoming a more jovial person -- The Bill Cosby effect -- Humor dances -- Oh, the places you'll go.
Summary, etc.: "Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there any way to figure out what we really find funny? In this fascinating investigation into the science of humor and laughter, neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what's happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter. Beginning with the premise that humor arises from inner conflict in the brain, Weems explores such issues as why surprise is so important for humor, why computers are terrible at recognizing what's funny, and why cringe-worthy stereotypes make us laugh the hardest. From the role of insult jokes to the benefit of laughing for our immune system responses, Ha! reveals why humor is so idiosyncratic, and why how-to books alone will never help us become funnier people. Packed with the latest research, amusing anecdotes (and even a few jokes), Ha! is a delightful tour of why humor is so important to our daily lives. "--
Subject: Wit and humor Psychological aspects
Wit and humor Therapeutic use
Wit and humor in medicine
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