Linguistics in Motion Film Series: A Natural History of Laughter

For how long have we been laughing? Are human beings the only ones to laugh? The investigation begins in the United States with Robert Provine, a neuroscientist and psychologist at the University of Maryland who has devoted his career to the study of the evaluation of human laughter and the neural mechanisms that produce it. Laughter did not begin with humans. How do animals experience emotion? Is laughter at the root of human empathy? This informative film is bound to make you laugh - but not in the ways you expected. (52 min)