The science of laughter (Friday Evening Discourse)

8.00pm to 9.15pm, Friday 25 April

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  • Children pulling faces and laughter

    What makes us laugh?

    Credit: Sophie Scott

Price

Guest £17

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Associates £11

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Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

If you ask people what makes them laugh, they will tell you they laugh at jokes: however if you look at when they laugh a very different pattern emerges, in which laughter can be seen as an extremely important social emotion. Sophie Scott will explore the science of laughter, from laughter in other animals to the acoustics of laughter, and the ways that laughter is processed in our brains.

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Please note

If you haven't been before, please note that Friday Evening Discourses are traditional events that date back to 1825. With that in mind, many attendees like to wear smart evening dress, though this is not a requirement.

Find out more about the history of the Friday Evening Discourses on our blog.

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