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Why we laugh

12 Jun 2015 Milad Moodi
Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of the topic.

About speaker

While exploring the neuroscience of speech and vocal behavior, Sophie Scott stumbled upon a surprising second vocation: making audiences laugh as a stand-up comic. Read more about her.

useful language

incidentally

  used to add more information to what you have just said, or to introduce a new subject that you have just thought of   

enormously

  very or very much

encounter

  to experience something, especially problems or opposition

unambiguous

  a statement, instruction etc that is unambiguous is clear and easy to understand because it can only mean one thing

occupy

  if something occupies you or your time, you are busy doing it

emit

  to send out gas, heat, light, sound etc

phenomenon   something or someone that is very unusual because of a rare quality or ability that they have

contagious

  if a feeling, attitude, or action is contagious, other people are quickly affected by it and begin to have it or do it

puberty

  the stage of physical development during which you change from a child to an adult and are able to have children

fake

  not real and seeming to be something it is not, in order to deceive people

cue

  a word, phrase, or action in a play that is a signal for the next person to speak or act

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