Edition 4

Is laughter a universal emotion? Sophie Scott investigates. Plus listen to an audio interview with Sophie.

Your heart is racing, you’re struggling for breath. You’re weakened and vulnerable. Your body crumples up, you can’t sit or stand up straight, you can’t look people in the eye, and you can’t speak...

Marc Abrahams, Guardian columnist and founder of the Ig Nobel prizes, on research to make you smile and think

Christian Jarrett investigates the psychology of humour and comedy

nuggets from the Society’s free Research Digest service, this month on the psychology of humour

towards an activity map of the brain; new open access psychology journal; the divided brain; anorexia; the cognitive and social benefits of video games

can we be lobbyists for social change?; retirement; intelligence; abortion; unpaid posts; #overlyhonestmethods; humour and health; and more

Neuroscientist, comedian and Guardian blogger

Larry Stern on an ‘extraordinary and subversive’ journal

Rob Bailey with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information)