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Word of Mouth

Three cognitive scientists walk into a bar...

Photo by Cali.org, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

How many public radio hosts does it take to change a lightbulb?  None – they tell their producer to do it.  Okay, so maybe you have to work in “the industry” to appreciate that one – but it does bring us one feeble step closer to the subject of this segment:  the connection between humor and thinking. The funny bone rarely attracts the serious scholarship of other body parts and functions… Until a cognitive scientist, a psychologist and a grad student walked into a lab and studied the connection between laughter and the human brain. They found that mirth helps us make sense of the world;  Daniel Dennett is co-director of cognitive studies at Tufts University, and one of three authors of Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind.


 Inside Jokes on Amazon

Boston Globe article about the book

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