Funny People

Why our brains like to be tricked, teased, and tormented by humor.

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Humor is serious business. Sure, there's simple comedy like a pie in the face or an Adam Sandler movie, but a lot of jokes display real intellect, and despite much reflection and experimentation—both in labs and on stages—no one has yet discovered a unified theory of hilarity.

Social Life

Human beings are social animals, and the tenor of our social life is one of the most important influences on our mental health.