Navigation Links
Mechanism and function of humor identified by new evolutionary theory
Date:6/27/2008

A new publication answers centuries' old questions regarding the mechanism and function of humour, identifying the reason humour is common to all human societies, its fundamental role in the evolution of homo sapiens and its continuing importance in the cognitive development of infants.

Alastair Clarke explains: "The theory is an evolutionary and cognitive explanation of how and why any individual finds anything funny. Effectively it explains that humour occurs when the brain recognizes a pattern that surprises it, and that recognition of this sort is rewarded with the experience of the humorous response, an element of which is broadcast as laughter.

"By removing stipulations of content we have been forced to study the structures underlying any instance of humour, and it has become clear that it is not the content of the stimulus but the patterns underlying it that provide the potential for sources of humour. For patterns to exist it is necessary to have some form of content, but once that content exists, it is the level of the pattern at which humour operates and for which it delivers its rewards."

Previous theories have only ever applied to a small proportion of all instances of humour, many of them stipulating necessary content or social conditions either in the humour itself or around the individual experiencing it. But this doesn't explain why an individual can laugh at something when no one else around them does, nor why two people can laugh at the same stimulus for different reasons.

The theory further identifies the importance of pattern recognition in human evolution as Clarke explains: "An ability to recognize patterns instantly and unconsciously has proved a fundamental weapon in the cognitive arsenal of human beings. The humorous reward has encouraged the development of such faculties, leading to the unique perceptual and intellectual abilities of our species."

Clarke's new theory of humour could also pro
'/>"/>

Contact: Nicola Hern
nicola@pyrrhichouse.co.uk
44-079-800-98652
Pyrrhic House
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. LIAI researchers discover new cellular mechanism that will significantly advance vaccine development
2. Mechanism explains link between apolipoprotein E and Alzheimers disease
3. Jefferson receives $11.6M NIH grant to study novel mechanisms of heart failure
4. Fruit fly avoidance mechanism could lead to new ways to control pain in humans
5. Researchers uncover mechanism of action of antibiotic able to reduce neuronal cell death in brain
6. Scientists clarify a mechanism of epigenetic inheritance
7. CSHL scientists identify a mechanism that helps fruit flies lock-in memories
8. A common genetic mechanism discovered in nitrogen-fixing plants
9. Mechanisms of plant-fungi symbiosis characterized by DOE Joint Genome Institute
10. Scientists uncover a novel mechanism that regulates carbon dioxide fixation in plants
11. The Uukuniemi virus helps to explain the infection mechanism of bunyaviruses
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/19/2014)... Aug. 19, 2014 To improve students, chances ... grades, the University of Houston (UH) implemented a ... students at risk for failure. , Through ... Board (THECB), the Department of Biology and Biochemistry ... students taking "General Biology" for non-majors and "Introductory ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... It,s not a monkey. It,s not a lemur. It,s not ... the Philippine tarsier: a tiny, adorable and downright "cool" primate ... that Americans are familiar with," said Rafe Brown, curator-in-charge at ... eyes and ears; an extremely cute, furry body; a long ... expanded fingers and toe tips that look a bit like ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... biomarker strongly associated with basal-like breast cancer, a ... types of chemotherapy. The biomarker, a protein called ... designed to treat this often deadly cancer. , ... Cancer Genome Atlas, molecular biologists Curt M. Horvath ... bioinformatics techniques to detect patterns of gene expression ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):University of Houson program earns kudos for improving grades, retaining students 2University of Houson program earns kudos for improving grades, retaining students 3Philippine tarsier gets boost from Kansas research, and genetic proof of a new variety 2Philippine tarsier gets boost from Kansas research, and genetic proof of a new variety 3Biomarker in an aggressive breast cancer is identified 2Biomarker in an aggressive breast cancer is identified 3
... Some soil microorganisms are capable of forging associations with ... these relationships play a highly important ecological and agronomic ... a fungus) thus gives plants a mechanism for improving ... has been in existence for 400 million years and ...
... Oregon State University graduate student working on a ... station on the Tahoe National Forest has photographed ... been confirmed in California since the 1920s. Katie ... on another carnivore called the American marten when ...
... defined biochemical pathway in plants may provide the scientific ... of alternative transportation fuels than currently can be produced, ... materials that determine cell shape and size through a ... geneticist and cellular biologist. By learning more about the ...
Cached Biology News:A common genetic mechanism discovered in nitrogen-fixing plants 2A common genetic mechanism discovered in nitrogen-fixing plants 3Scientists believe photograph depicts wolverine in California 2Newly defined signaling pathway could mean better biofuel sources 2Newly defined signaling pathway could mean better biofuel sources 3Newly defined signaling pathway could mean better biofuel sources 4
(Date:8/21/2014)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 ... collaboration company, has been recognized as one of ... 500 | 5000 magazine for the 2nd consecutive ... on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ... list represents the most comprehensive look at the ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... An analysis of patented university inventions licensed to ... path to commercialization. To open these roadblocks, the ... results during the discovery stage could lead to ... are frequently derived from discoveries made in university ... well known during clinical trials, which have a ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Fla. , Aug. 20, 2014 ... will host a conference call to provide an ... 2014Time:4:30 p.m. Eastern daylight timeDial-in numbers:(888) 505-4369 (U.S. ... 9126599 Live web cast: www.neurotropebioscience.com , under "Investor ... hours after completion through September 2, 2014 at ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... , Aug. 20, 2014  PAREXEL International Corporation (NASDAQ: ... be presenting at the Baird Healthcare Conference in New ... Chief Financial Officer, will be making a presentation on ... on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. A live ... "Investors" section of PAREXEL,s website at www.PAREXEL.com ...
Breaking Biology Technology:SoundConnect Returns on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies 2SoundConnect Returns on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies 3Early bottlenecks in developing biopharmaceutical products delay commercialization 2Early bottlenecks in developing biopharmaceutical products delay commercialization 3Neurotrope To Host Conference Call 2PAREXEL International To Present At Baird Healthcare Conference 2
... reflection, and this one is no different. These last 12 months ... doubt look back on 2005 and pronounce it the year the ... of things, the previous four years were a standing eight count, ... like hell and a lot was lost on bad bets, but ...
... newsletter contains the most-read stories from our Web site in 2005. ... month to over 70,000 last month, many of them sticking around ... to what drew your interest. , ,Let me take a moment ... isnt until March 2 and were more than a third full ...
... care in the United States are enough to make anyone ... seven Americans (15.7 percent) lack health insurance. Thats just short ... federal figures, health spending accounts for 15.3 percent of the ... works out to $5,670 for each American. By 2013, the ...
Cached Biology Technology:2005: the year of the comeback 22005: the year of the comeback 3Health care economics make definition of 'cost' problems difficult 2Health care economics make definition of 'cost' problems difficult 3
MOUSE ANTI POLY (ADP-RIBOSE) Immunogen: Purified poly (ADP-ribose) polymer, 10-50 unit chain length...
... by N.C. Price (1996) • ... on protein chemistry and the ... proteins. Data on the following ... size determination, amino acid analysis ...
Edited by D.M. Gersten (1996) Provides comprehensive descriptions of the techniques available for analytical gel electrophoresis of proteins and offers clear step-by-step protocols for all of the m...
...
Biology Products: