Humans have created art to provoke laughter for millennia. Why does comedy work, and what does it reveal about the counterintuitive biology of the human brain?
We don't have to learn to laugh. Laughter is an instinctive behaviour, found in all cultures across the world, and even in our primate cousins like gorillas and orangutans. But why do we laugh, and how does comedy help us do it? What is going on in our brain when we laugh with or at someone else?
Dr. Angus Fletcher runs the world's leading think-tank into how stories work. His expertise in both Literature and Neuroscience makes him the perfect guide through the roots of comedy and why we create it. Angus joins us in The Garden to delve into comedy's three main happy effects, and what they reveal about the counterintuitive biology of the brain.
Stress & the Body
Prof. Angus Fletcher runs the world's leading think-tank into how stories work. As Professor of Story Science at Ohio State University, Angus specialises in using art & literature to unlock the neuroscience of human creativity and emotional resilience.