Laughter FAQs:

Q: Is laughter a physical reaction in humans and some other species of primate?

A: Yes, and consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system.

Q: Is laughter linked with the activation of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex?

A: Yes, that produces endorphins.

Q: Is laughter also known to reduce allergic reactions in a preliminary study related to dust mite allergy sufferers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is laughter sometimes seen as contagious?

A: Yes, and the laughter of one person can itself provoke laughter from others as a positive feedback.

Q: Is laughter a social mechanism?

A: Yes, and an audience may not feel as if they are in danger, and the laugh may not occur.

Q: Is laughter highly communicative and helps accomplish actions and regulate relationships?

A: Yes.

Q: Is laughter a mechanism everyone has?

A: Yes, laughter is part of universal human vocabulary.

Q: Is laughter mediated by subcortical structures?

A: Yes, and especially the hypothalamus, and are stereotyped, the cerebral cortex can modulate or suppress them.

Q: Is laughter available to everyone and it provides benefits to a person's physical?

A: Yes, and emotional, and social well being.

Q: Is laughter sequentially-organized and precisely placed relative to surrounding talk?

A: Yes.

Q: Is laughter nothing else but sudden glory arising from sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves?

A: Yes, and by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.

Q: Is laughter sensations of joy and humor?

A: Yes, however, other situations may cause laughter as well.

Q: Is laughter the hippocampus and the amygdala?

A: Yes.

Q: Is laughter a part of human behavior regulated by the brain?

A: Yes, and helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations.

Q: Is laughter primitive?

A: Yes, and an unconscious vocalization.

Q: Is laughter called the relief theory?

A: Yes.

Q: Is laughter used as a signal for being part of a group—it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others?

A: Yes.

Q: Is laughter not always a pleasant experience and is associated with several negative phenomena?

A: Yes.

Q: Is laughter beneficial for one's health?

A: Yes.