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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (11) : 2020-2028     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.02020
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On Laughter of Human Beings: From the Perspectives of Evolution and Social Interaction
LIU Chao
(School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China)
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Abstract  

Laughter is an important communicative signal in human society. Researches on laughter focused on the fields of evolution and social interaction. From the viewpoint of evolution, laughter can help infant survive and improve adults’ sexual attraction. Meanwhile, it contributes to one’s physical and psychological health. From the perspective of social interaction, laughter can help human beings control aggression, enhance cooperation and promote favorable interpersonal relationship. Future studies should effectively distinguish laughter from humor, concentrate more on the cerebral mechanism of laughter, explore cross-cultural consistency and differences on laughter, and look into applied research and interdisciplinary cooperation.

Keywords laughter      cerebral mechanism      evolution      social interaction      humor     
Corresponding Authors: LIU Chao,E-mail: liuchao_psycho@163.com   
Issue Date: 15 November 2015
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LIU Chao. On Laughter of Human Beings: From the Perspectives of Evolution and Social Interaction[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(11): 2020-2028.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.02020     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2015/V23/I11/2020
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