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post Jan 10, 2013, 09:44 PM
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Is anyone interested in the nature of laughter and humor? Below is an essay that takes a new look at the natures of laughter and humor and their relationship on psychoneurological and neurobiological levels.

In this essay I hypothesize that the laughter elicited by the processing of what we characterize as humorous events is an exapted vocal fight-or-flight displacement response. The circumstances in which displacement activities and laughing occur, and their general physiological effects, are compared, and neurophysiological evidence connecting laughter to "fight or flight" responses is presented. The relationship between laughter and humor is examined and an argument put forward against the use of the word "humor" other than as a heading of a general study as it defies any clear definition that can be meaningfully applied outside its cultural usage. The nature of the basic conflicts that cause animals and humans to indulge in displacement activities is considered in the context of joke structure, content and emotive effects. The endorphin/ laughter controversy is discussed and a possible explanation of laughter's immunological effects is given.

It seems that I have to submit further posts before I can place a url here, so anyone wanting to view my essay can Google: anewtheoryoflaughterandhumor - basilhughhall
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