Navigation Links
For Kids, Laughter Really May Be the Best Medicine
Date:1/31/2012

TUESDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Specific areas of children's brains that are activated by humor have been identified by researchers in a first-of-a-kind study.

The findings, published Feb. 1 in the Journal of Neuroscience, will provide a base for understanding how humor and other positive emotions can affect a child's well-being, according to the Stanford University School of Medicine team.

"Humor is a very important component of emotional health, maintaining relationships, developing cognitive [brain] function and perhaps even medical health," senior study author Dr. Allan Reiss, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at Stanford, said in a university news release.

A strong sense of humor is an important part of positive emotion and may help children to be more resilient, he noted.

"In particular, we think a balanced and consistent sense of humor may help children negotiate the difficult period of pre-adolescence and adolescence," Reiss said.

The researchers used functional MRI to scan the brains of 15 children, aged 6 to 12, while they watched short video clips that were categorized as funny, positive or neutral. The positive clips were rewarding to watch but not funny. The neutral clips were neither rewarding nor funny.

The brain scans showed that the funny videos activated two regions of the children's brains that also respond to humor in adults. However, these circuits aren't as developed in children.

Humor activated the children's mesolimbic regions, which process rewards, and the temporal-occipital-parietal junction, which processes perceived incongruities. Incongruities are things that go together that represent opposites (for example, many clowns emerging from a tiny car).

The positive videos activated the reward-processing area but not the area that processes incongruity. This suggests that incongruity -- a surprise for the brain -- is an important factor in humor, the researchers concluded.

"Negative emotional states such as depression or anxiety are compelling to study, but you can't completely understand why a child has emotional stability or instability until you look at both sides of the coin," Reiss said in the news release. "This work is setting the stage for helping us look at how humor predicts resilience and well-being."

More information

The American Psychiatric Association offers an overview of children's mental health.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Stanford University School of Medicine, news release, Jan. 31, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Adult Sickle Cell Drug May Benefit Kids, Too
2. Crash experts find car seats protect overweight kids, too
3. Low-Income Dads Are Involved With Their Kids, Study Finds
4. Fiber Beats Other Remedies for Constipated Kids, Study Says
5. Less Play Time = More Troubled Kids, Experts Say
6. Vaccine for Childhood Diarrhea Helps Kids, Saves Dollars
7. For Kids, Natural Disasters Can Whip Up Worries
8. Football Legend Steve Young Urges Kids, Parents to Play It Safe
9. Most Parents Vaccinate Kids, Trust Docs Advice on Shots
10. For Autistic Kids, IQ May Not Predict School Achievement
11. Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
For Kids, Laughter Really May Be the Best Medicine
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... 11, 2016 , ... Greenfield Insurance Group in Orange City, ... the people of their local community. The agency pledges to select a new ... hope is to bring awareness to important local causes with fundraising and other ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... practice Village Family Practice , will be presenting at the 2016 HIMSS ... Las Vegas, Nev. , During his session, “ Coding for Care: Using ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... 11, 2016 , ... The annual list showcases the 20 Most Promising SharePoint ... dedication and commitment to the SharePoint ecosystem. A panel of experts and members ... is to recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship. , The survey was made at ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention ... raise awareness for both the condition of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and its treatment ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Food Labeling for American ... and wellness best practices in the past couple of decades, and food manufacturers ... Heart Month, which acts as an exceptional opportunity to revise food labels and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... 11, 2016   Health 2.0 , the premiere ... technologies, announced today " 10 Year Global Retrospective ", ... over the past ten years.   ... Health 2.0 has served as the preeminent thought-leader in ... thousands of technologies, companies, innovators, and patient-activists through an ...
(Date:2/11/2016)...  AfterPill.com is reporting that this week,s Centers for ... women who are at risk of unintended pregnancy impacts ... raises the risks of unprotected sex in particular.  ... to the Guttmacher Institute, there are 43 million women ... who have sex without the intention of becoming pregnant.  ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 11, 2016 Transformational M&A achieved through ...   --> Transformational M&A achieved through NPS and ... --> Transformational M&A achieved through NPS and Dyax ... Positioned for future growth with most robust pipeline in Shire ... for future growth with most robust pipeline in Shire ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: