By Peter McGraw on March 27, 2017
I was recently invited by the Center of the American West to join two good friend–Adam Bradley and Shane Mauss–to talk about the interplay of music and humor. Here is the video of the event. And here is the awkward promotional video for the event. You might enjoy the bloopers at the end.
By Sophia Jaekel on February 2, 2015
What is the purpose of our giggles and guffaws? Joel Warner and I travel to Tanzania, talk with neuroscientist Robert Provine (author of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation), and scour for answers in this Slate article. Provine’s discoveries suggest that laughter is inherently social, that at its core it’s a form of communication and not just a byproduct […]
By Peter McGraw on January 8, 2014
I recently wrote about how laughter can indicate one of two things: a situation that seems wrong is okay or a situation that seems okay is actually wrong. If laughter signals these two situations, you would expect it to occur mainly in the presence of other people, and it does. (Learn more about the benign […]