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Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) studies how and why we laugh but also likes to make people laugh. In this podcast her explanation of how we learn to laugh is inter-cut with her performance at a comedy night and a trip with her son to the playground. This research is at the centre of her contribution to the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition.
Professor Sophie Scott: https://sites.google.com/site/speechskscott
Royal Society: http://sse.royalsociety.org/2012/exhibits/laughing-brains
Video of this podcast: http://youtu.be/wD3TcORDs3I