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The science of laughter - and why it also has a dark side

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It is generally considered a positive emotion and is a vital social, emotional and cognitive function. It is a communal activity that encourages bonding, reduces any possible conflict, and eases stress and anxiety. Laughter can be classified in different types:

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    The complex emotion of laughter has the power to override other emotions. The neurotransmitters (brain circuits) are controlling the facial muscles and vocal architecture, giving priority to positive emotions.

    There are several brain pathways that contribute to laughter, like the re...

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    Various studies and research have shed some light on the underlying neural functions of the brain features that result in laughter being expressed by the body.

    Pseudobulbar Affect Syndrome is a condition involving an unsettling exhibition of laughter, characterized by frequent, involunta...

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    Abnormal brain wiring gives rise to a number of specific conditions:

    • Dementia: A twisted sense of humor and laughing at inappropriate times can be an indication of dementia.
    • Gelotophobia: An intense fear of being laughed at.
    • Gelotophilia: A plea...

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    Laughter may have a dark side, but it is generally a positive emotion, as it enhances cardiovascular functions, fortifies our immune and endocrine systems.

    Laughter therapy has amazing positive effects on our body and mind like an increase of serotonin levels, decr...

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