Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why

Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why

by Scott Weems

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465031702
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 675,422
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Scott Weems received a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from UCLA, and an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. Previously a research scientist at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language, he lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I "What Is?" The Elusive Concept of Mirth

Chapter 1 Cocaine, Chocolate, and Mr. Bean 3

Chapter 2 The Kick of the Discovery 27

Chapter 3 Stopover at the Empire State Building 51

Part II "What For?" Humor and Who We Are

Chapter 4 Specialization Is for Insects 81

Chapter 5 Our Computer Overlords 105

Part III "So What?" Becoming a More Jovial Person

Chapter 6 The Bill Cosby Effect 133

Chapter 7 Humor Dances 151

Chapter 8 Oh, the Places You'll Go 175

Conclusion 193

Acknowledgments 199

Notes 201

Index 223

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Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received the book from a friend. I enjoyed learning about what makes me laugh and why some jokes appealed to me more than others. Fun book to receive as a gift. I would rate this a "5"