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Mind Matters: Laughter, humour and creativity
Thu 20 April 2017, 17:30 – 18:30 BST
Dr Elena Hoicka: Where does humour come from?
People around the world enjoy humour. But where does it come from in the first place? Dr Hoicka will discuss research showing when babies first experience humour and what types of humour they like. She will also talk about what drives humour development, including children’s developing understanding of language, the social world, as well as all the help they get from their parents. Finally, there will be speculation on why humour might be useful for little kids –it might help them become creative people.
Dr Sophie Scott: The Science of Laughter
Dr Scott will address the status of laughter as a 'basic' expression of emotion, the evolution of laughter and its purpose as a social emotion. She will show how it acts as a way of making and maintaining social bonds, and how nuanced its use can be in adult humans. Finally, how the brain responds to laughter will be discussed, and some evidence that laughter is an important method for regulation emotions states in interactions.
See Sophie's TEDx talk: Why we laugh https://www.ted.com/talks/sophie_scott_why_we_laugh
Following these talks there with will a reception where refreshments and sandwiches will be available. This will also be a great chance to chat with the speakers and, for any A-level students attending, current undergraduate student ambassadors will be present to talk about studying Psychology here at The University of Sheffield.
Mind Matters is a talk series run by the University of Sheffield’s Psychology department. This series aims to bring psychology to the public. This allows a chance for the public to learn more about what research goes on in the department and the real life implications of that research. To keep updated with all Mind Matters events and for more information on how to get involved follow our website: http://www.mindmatters.group.shef.ac.uk/