Why We Laugh, By Sophie Scott

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Sophie Scott, the speaker of the Ted Talk titled, “Why we laugh,” is a deputy director of the University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Her job is to seek out whether the neurological communication is speech or vocalized emotion. She begins her speech with a life example about her first time experiencing laughter. She heard her parents laughing uncontrollably on the floor when she was about six years old. Her parents were laughing at a song that was about signs in toilets and on trains telling you what you could and couldn’t do in the toilet and on the train. At the time, she didn’t really understand anything about laughter or why her parents were laughing so hard. She just cared that they were laughing, and as a neuroscientist she now cares about it again. She then plays come clips of different people laughing. The first clips is of men’s laughter, the second is one a man laughing who sounds like he needs to breath, and the third is of women laughing and making weird noises. Sophie’s purpose of the tedtalk is to inform the audience why we laugh, the different types of laughs we have, and how laughter affects us. In the beginning of her talk, Scott addressed how laughing is associated with tickling, play, and interactions. Many people think that we are the only mammals that laugh, but other mammals, including primates and rats laugh too. Other mammals play, and laughing is associated with play. A scientist, Robert Provine, did some research and…

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