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Most of the animals cannot laugh

  1. Jun 14, 2009 #1
    Why human beings can laugh while most of the animals cannot laugh..??
    What actually is "laughing phenomenon"??
     
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  3. Jun 15, 2009 #2
    Re: Laugh..

    Laughing is primarily a social tool, and is only really used by humans, as our social communications are more subtle than most other animals'.
     
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  4. Jun 15, 2009 #3

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    how tickled I am?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughter" [Broken] says various primates…
    Also "heavy" ticklishness is found only in primates …

    I wonder whether laughter evolved from ticklishness?
     
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  5. Jun 15, 2009 #4

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    Re: how tickled I am?

    Sounds like interesting field work
    Lemur - yes
    Spider monkeys - yes
    Chimps - no
    Gorillas - oh dear, better get a new grad student
     
  6. Jun 15, 2009 #5

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    Re: how tickled I am?

    Sorry :confused: … was that Grad student - yes, or Grad student - no ? :smile:
     
  7. Jun 15, 2009 #6

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    Re: Laugh..

    Many of my ferrets liked being tickled. Some would squirm and play-bite and some would "laugh" or do both. Ferrets make a "dook, dook" sound when they are playing with each other or humans or otherwise having a good time and I interpreted that has a "happy" noise that's as close as they get to laughing.
     
  8. Jun 15, 2009 #7

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    Re: how tickled I am?

    I'm picturing a far side cartoon - with a student approaching a large gorilla with a feather.
     
  9. Jun 15, 2009 #8

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    Re: how tickled I am?

    :rofl:
     
  10. Jun 15, 2009 #9

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    Re: Laugh..

    There was actually a study published recently where researchers (perhaps grad students) tickled various primates and recorded the sounds they made. When they compared the sounds made by the various primates (including humans), they saw that the similarities matched up well with the evolutionary relationships of the species of primate (i.e. species that were more closely related genetically made similar sounding laughs). The paper can be found below along with a link to a podcast discussing the research. Also, below is a link to a Radio Lab podcast discussing the science of laughter. In it, they talk to researchers who suggests that rat may display laughing behavior.

    Davilla Ross M, Owren MJ, Zimmermann E. Reconstructing the Evolution of Laughter in Great Apes and Humans. Current Biology (2009) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2009.05.028 [Broken]

    http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/200906054 [Broken]

    http://blogs.wnyc.org/radiolab/2008/02/25/laughter/ [Broken]
     
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