Laughter Brings Us Closer

Laughter is the built-in way humans bond with one another, says cognitive scientist Sophie Scott. 

A trilling ha-ha-ha or hearty chortle might seem like the most effortless thing in the world, but laughter is actually a multifaceted neurological process that recruits circuits from all across the brain. And despite its tremendous familiarity, laughter has received little attention from science, at least until recently. Sophie Scott, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London, and her colleagues are now using brain scans and field studies to document the diversity of human laughin...

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