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:2/10/2016)... NASHVILLE, Tenn. (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 ... ... by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine , an emergency medicine ... of practice management services . , The American Academy of Emergency Medicine, ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... 10 Best Water is excited to announce a ... owners that topped the list as a result of their commitment to offering clients ... was Tibet 5100, a top notch water company that specializes in providing the public ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Intalere’s 2016 Executive Forum, ... 200 of the country’s top healthcare executives to share insights on transformational strategies ... the Forum is the provider-centric perspective, experience, expertise and strategy shared by the ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... KALAMAZOO, MI (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... offer Apifiny® across their network of laboratory service centers across the country. ... designed to aid clinicians in the detection of prostate cancer. Apifiny order volume exceeded ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... will attend the Ohio Safety Congress and Expo event March 9-11, 2016. Hosted ... Greater Columbus Convention Center. , As the longest running and largest worker's ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... -- Antibacterial Drugs Market - Global Industry Analysis, ... reveals that the global antibacterial drugs market is forecast to ... to patent expiries of blockbuster drugs. Even though the market ... period, the value is anticipated to decline from US$43.9 bn ... Antibacterial Drugs Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... KANSAS CITY, Mo. , Feb. 10, 2016 ... the pharmaceutical industry, recently identified an industry-wide trend ... a tool that allows organizations to efficiently deliver ... surveys, one in 2011 and another in 2015, ... are armed with tablet devices and DSAs, many ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Feb. 9, 2016 On Tuesday, ... (FDA) met with its Arthritis Advisory Committee ... of Johnson & Johnson,s Remicade and most ... in the U.S. The Biologics Prescribers Collaborative ... - Alliance for Patient Access, American Association ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: