Oscar Brand's 1956 song centered on the toilet sparked Scott's possible interest in the neural basis of voice communication. In a recent Hidden brain podcastScott explains, among other things, that laughter, laughter and laughter are often not a response to humor but a response to people. "Most of the laughter we produce is purely social," says Scott. "Laughter is a very good indication of how we feel about people with whom we are."
As Scott recently wrote in an article for the BBC: "Laughter is above all a form of bond, we risk 30 times more laughter if we are with others than if we are alone. Is an old and universal reaction that is not even it has been documented in many animal species, including great apes and even rats. "
In 2017, Professor Scott was chosen to host the annual Christmas Conferences of the The Royal Institution charity. The first reading explores how laughter connects our animal past, how our voicemail has changed the shape of our face and why we sound like we do. The second reading explores the hidden code of communication, the most secret and sometimes the most sinister side of human interaction. The third lecture examines how and when the man first developed the language.
Her 2015 TED Conference may surprise you (rats are ticklish, did you know?). Scott is on Twitter as @sophiescott.
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