Of course there is.
But why would you take the road into laughter via behavioral psychology? There are many more approaches. Behavioral psychology is pretty boring, but that's my personal opinion.
Why don't you start with a more deep, intellectually challenging route? That of social and cultural anthropology.
They've written quite a lot about the meaning of laughter and how and why it works.
Behavioral psychology is a very small branch of science, and not very self-relfective.