Archives for April, 2012

What Happens When We Laugh


Laughter: Love, Joy, and Language

- What happens during laughter? It has to do with breathing, as neuroscientist Sophie Scott explains, as well as emotions, and the voice. Studying the mechanisms of laughter, she discovered it's a social, universal expression not just in humans but even chimpanzees and rats. Brain scans revealed the areas of the brain active during laughter (interestingly, similar to yawning, another socially contagious expression). Her lab also examined polite, posed laughter vs. uncontrollable mirth, and revealed...
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Funny Friday: Make It Get Better



"It Gets Better? Ingrid and Desiree"

- From The Slope, a comedy web series about "superficial, homophobic lesbians" living in Park Slope, Brooklyn, this episode spoofs the It Gets Better video campaign against bullying and suicide. Serious subjects, It Gets Better has been a massive success with tens of thousands of videos made by people encouraging gay youth to hold on past high school. I'd never seen a spoof video – surely too sensitive a subject? – but...
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Funny Friday: OCD Stereotypes


Sh*t People Say About OCD

- Although the Sh*t People Say meme is past its prime, this overlooked homemade video still rings true by parodying common things that uneducated people say to people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Example: "Could you clean my room?" Warning: coarse language (an obvious four letter word). Interactive transcript available. To learn real facts about OCD, visit her blog, and search PsychCentral's vast archives for lots more...
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