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Podcast #14 – Plans for future episodes Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:30 — 3.9MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS You would have to laugh: In this episode I discuss my plans for the podcast for the coming months. (Hint: I’ve a thesis to write) I will be back, most likely towards the end …

Laughter in infants

'Happy Baby Emeth' by  Tim & Selena Middleton ‘Happy Baby Emeth’ by Tim & Selena Middleton (cc)

Who doesn’t love a laughing baby?

I had a very enjoyable chat earlier this week with Evan Jordan, who is a postgraduate student of Oklahoma State University, about her research titled ‘Positive Emotional Contagion in Infancy Study.’ Read More…

Podcast #12 The Neuroscience of Laughter

Sophie Scott moustache
Professor Sophie Scott believes that laughter is one of the most complex and nuanced things that we do. She feels that we should take laughter more seriously, both in terms of science, but also in terms of our experience, because very often, our laughter is telling us a lot more about how we feel about people we are laughing with than we might typically acknowledge to ourselves. Read More…

Podcast #11 Ridicule and Laughter with Michael Billig

billigIn episode #11 I had the pleasure of interviewing Professor Michael Billig. Michael currently works as Professor of Social Sciences at Loughborough University in the U.K. The main focus of our conversation was the topic of his book ‘Laughter and Ridicule – Towards a Social Critique of Humour’, in which he explores the important role which ridicule and laughter play in shaping social behaviours.
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Simms Lane & Your Happiness Quotient

Simms Lane

“I looked and I saw that my happiness quotient was empty, because I hadn’t programmed into my day anything to have fun. So, from that day on I said – My goodness, I’ve learned everything I need to know from the SIMS.” Read More…

Podcast #10 Steve Cummins – Comedian and ‘Yummy Daddy’

Steve Cummins
“I don’t think anyone should be a clean comedian, because if you even call yourself a clean comedian, then you’re elevating yourself above other comedy…you’re either a comedian or you’re not…I don’t have to swear. I choose to swear, because I’m an adult and I like to swear”

News: The neuroscience of laughter

Thursday, 23 April 2015 at 15:00 in the Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg. Sophie Scott, University College London. The neuroscience of laughter.

Podcast #9 Susan Cross – Entrepreneur & Laughter Enthusiast

Susan CrossSusan Cross is an entrepreneur with a self confessed tendency for ‘inappropriate laughter’. Susan’s extensive business experience has resulted in her having a keen eye for the critical factors which make visits to heritage sites memorable and enjoyable experiences.

One of those factors happens to be laughter. Susan has blogged on the effective use of laughter in enhancing customer experiences and she shares her knowledge, good humour and contagious laughter with me in today’s episode. Read More…