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
Download PDF for image from Science Photo Library, with commentary from Francis McGlone. E-mail ‘Big picture’ ideas to [email protected].
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)
how to think like Sherlock Holmes; Desert Island Discs with Uta Frith; big questions from little people; Derek; Barbican Weekender; and much more
Ian Florance talks to Stephanie Davies, Creative Director and ‘cognitive laughter and humour consultant’ for Laughology; and Elizabeth Sullivan writes on gallows humour.
meet the Trustees; Annual Conference preview; Spearman Medal; and more
Mike Page, who is not a cognitive neuroscientist, does his bit for the planet in his own inimitable style
Richard Wiseman, Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, talks to comedian Richard Herring