News Release: Faculty Experts, Research

Sep. 11,  2009

The Biology of Shared Laughter

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"It's almost impossible not to laugh when everybody else is," writes psychologist Frans de Waal, in his new book "The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society.”

"The infectiousness of laughter even works across species,” adds the renowned primatologist. “We’re all interconnected, both bodily and emotionally.” In “The Age of Empathy,” de Waal outlines his theories on how empathy and sympathy start with physical synchronization instead of higher regions of consciousness.

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