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Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why (Anglais) Relié – 20 mars 2014


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Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny--and why? In this fascinating investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what's happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter. While we typically think of humor in terms of jokes or comic timing, in Ha! Weems proposes a provocative new model. Humor arises from inner conflict in the brain, he argues, and is part of a larger desire to comprehend a complex world. Showing that the delight that comes with "getting" a punchline is closely related to the joy that accompanies the insight to solve a difficult problem, Weems explores why surprise is such an important element in humor, why computers are terrible at recognizing what's funny, and why it takes so long for a tragedy to become acceptable comedic fodder. From the role of insult jokes to the benefit of laughing for our immune system, 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, illuminating anecdotes, and even a few jokes, Ha! lifts the curtain on this most human of qualities. From the origins of humor in our brains to its life on the standup comedy circuit, this book offers a delightful tour of why humor is so important to our daily lives.

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HASH(0x9387e384) étoiles sur 5 A Neuroscientist Walked into a Bar...... 23 mars 2014
Par Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
While author Scott Weems is a cognitive neuroscientist, the book is more psychology and sociology than biochemistry. Indeed, aside from some mention of brain anatomy and the neurotransmitter dopamine, no other familiarity of biology is necessary to enjoy this wide-angle treatise. The book allows us to examine what we know or thought we knew about humor. It reminds us how our sense of humor changes as we age, how different ethnic groups regard jokes, how men differ from women in appreciating certain jokes. He analyzes the structure and function of jokes and humor and relates many psychological findings. Merely 200 pages in length plus notes for the more scholarly, the reader is entertained by examples of humor and of recent historical events, as TV's Jeopardy! star Jennings's comments after being defeated by IBM's Watson supercomputer. We learn that rats 'laugh' (not in my laboratory when I had to inject them) and that the sound of dog laughter can calm a kennel. Why some people enjoy horror movies and others don't is explained. Other than some rare anomaly, laughter is indeed a health-inducing process, and this too is described. Political outlook and a sense of humor correlate. (I will leave you do find whether directly or inversely.) Thus, while being amused by the various forms of humor, puns, absurdities, the breaking of taboos, surprises, and clever jokes, the reader will learn about one aspect of consciousness-mind and brain processes that makes life enjoyable. As pointed out, humor is subversive. There are some life lessons here.
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HASH(0x935f6270) étoiles sur 5 The serious need for humor 28 avril 2014
Par Deb - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Humor is a funny thing. What makes something funny...or not? What is the purpose of humor anyway? And, how can it improve our health and overall life attitude?

These are three basic questions that cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems explores in his book. As he explains:
"_Ha!_ is about an idea. The idea is that humor and its most common symptom--laughter--are the by-products of possessing brains which rely on conflict. Because they constantly deal with confusion or ambiguity, our minds jump the gun, make mistakes, and generally get muddled in their own complexity. But this isn't so bad. On the contrary, it provides us adaptability and a constant reason to laugh." (p. xiv)

Although the delivery of the book sometimes gets a bit messy, the punch line is a satisfying one: humor helps us to make sense out of our complex world by providing emotionally satisfying ways to turn conflicts into pleasure.

After all, what's the point of life's absurdities if we can't laugh at them!
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HASH(0x9372f780) étoiles sur 5 The importance of the HA! 22 juin 2014
Par pamela rand - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book on laughter and humor is so much easier to read than Henri Bergson's essays on Laughter. The "Science of When We Laugh and Why is such an important topic and should also be vastly promoted to boomers and seniors since incorporating a regime of laughter into ones daily life is an intricate ingredient to maintaining health and longevity. As a long time believer in this premise, I have created a youtube series entitled Adventures in Staying Young and I will definitely promote Dr. Weems's book as in all possible ways. Thank you, Scott Weems!
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HASH(0x9319e30c) étoiles sur 5 HA! A book review about an interesting but not particularly funny book. 11 mars 2016
Par Julia W. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Interesting, but scientific. Don't expect to find this book hilarious, because it certainly isn't. It does more to draw connections between humor and brain chemistry than give hints to how people cam develop techniques to make us funnier. Without giving the content away, the books does demonstrate how humor is used to give humans a sign that they must problem-solve a statement or incongruity. Humor does make the brain work. I would definitely recommend this book.
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Par P. Ikomi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I used "ha ha" as my header for this review because the book gave me some surprising reasons we laugh and why. I found the book quite interesting and at the same time it was a stiff book to comprehend because there were a few descriptions of "real" research in it. The author made it light with the humor he interjected from time to time. The book is worth its weight in gold!
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