When was the last time you laughed? Chances are, you've already done it today. Laughter has social, psychological and physiological functions -- some researchers are even looking to use laughs in therapy. Test who will have the last laugh: you or the Ultimate Laughter Quiz.
What's the term for the recorded laughs played during comical moments on sitcoms and other TV shows?
a laugh track
a laugher box
Are people more likely to laugh by themselves or around others?
around other people
Research shows there's no difference.
We all know that hysterical feeling when someone tickles us, but it's a whole different story if you try to do it yourself. Why is it so hard to tickle yourself?
There's no unease or tension.
Our cerebellums automatically distinguish expected versus unexpected sensations.
Both are correct.
How many times per day does the average adult laugh?
Which of the following responses does NOT usually result from a hearty laugh?
increased blood flow
more difficulties sleeping
Laughter has apparently found the funny bones of scientists, because there's a field of study devoted to it. What is the study of laughter called?
Which of the following is a fair representation of the relationship between laughing and exercise?
laughing once = 15 minutes of exercise on a bike
laughing 10 times = 15 minutes of exercise on a bike
laughing 100 times = 15 minutes of exercise on a bike
Is it true that laughter is contagious?
It depends on the strength of your immune system.
Humor varies among people, but what is one of the larger factors that accounts for this difference?
People who frequently laugh:
can block stress better
aren't any better off than people who don't laugh
Which movie popularized the use of humor as a way to treat illness?
What is the punctuation effect?
when people laugh at the same time
when people tend to laugh during natural pauses in speech
when one person laughs and everyone else stops talking
Scientists have successfully pinpointed laughter in which region of the brain?
the frontal lobe
the limbic system
Research has found that brain activity during laughter expands across multiple regions of the brain.
People use the phrase "I almost died laughing" to express the hilarity of a certain situation. The reality is:
that no one has died while laughing (at least that we know of)
that laughing is a common cause of death
that a few people are reported to have died while laughing
Which of the following is NOT a synonym for laughter?
Which of the following animal species is NOT known for its "laughterlike" vocalizations?
Though laughter spans across the brain, researchers found that one portion evoked loud and uncontrollable laughter. Which part is it?
the corpus callosum
After a hearty laugh, you sometimes cough or hiccup. What are the advantages of these actions?
They can clear up headaches.
They can dislodge excess mucus.
There are no advantages to coughing or hiccupping.
On average, when do babies start to laugh?
after a baby's first smile
usually at around 2 months of age
Both are true.
Which character from the TV show "The Simpsons" is known for his two-syllable, blunt laugh?