The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Why laughter matters

14 Oct 2020, 13:00 - 13:30

The British Academy on YouTube

The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.

In this 10-Minute Talk, cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott introduces her pioneering research into laughter. She talks about why we laugh, laughter’s role in social interactions and how laughter can help us to regulate emotions and improve our mood.

Speaker: Professor Sophie Scott FBA, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

10-Minute Talk: Why laughter matters

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10-Minute Talks are a series of pre-recorded talks from Fellows of the British Academy screened each Wednesday, 13:00-13:10, on YouTube and also available on Apple Podcasts.

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