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Provine, Robert R. Laughter; a scientific investigation.

258p. notes. bibliog. index. c2000. 0-14-100225-5. $14.00. SA

This is that rare serious work of scientific scholarship that can attract a varied general readership. Built from a perspective based on neuroscience and comparisons of human and animal behavior, it ranges from the evolution of vocal chords to the history of TV laugh tracks. A chapter on tickling serves as a fine example of the way Provine weaves together science, social science and just plain good thinking and observation. Billed as the world's leading scientific expert on laughter. Provine's study certainly substantiates that claim. The book's length is not overly intimidating, and its nine chapters are clearly enough titled to let some readers browse with comfort.

Daniel J. Levinson, History & English Teacher, Thayer Acad., Braintree, MA
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Date:Jul 1, 2002
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