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The Laughter Research Podcast is a bi-weekly show, in which I explore the phenomenon of laughter. From the fascinating science of laughter research, to the joys of laughing until you cry. My guests vary from academics, such as psychologists and sociologists, to entrepreneurs and comedians. In each episode, with the help of my guests, I explore the role which laughter plays in our daily lives and I examine the truths and the myths around laughter. Is laughter purely a physiological response, or is it a social and culturally mediated means of communication?

The Laughter Research Podcast is a bi-weekly show, in which I explore the phenomenon of laughter. From the fascinating science of laughter research, to the joys of laughing until you cry. My guests vary from academics, such as psychologists and sociologists, to entrepreneurs and comedians. In each episode, with the help of my guests, I explore the role which laughter plays in our daily lives and I examine the truths and the myths around laughter. Is laughter purely a physiological response, or is it a social and culturally mediated means of communication?
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Dublin, Ireland

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The Laughter Research Podcast is a bi-weekly show, in which I explore the phenomenon of laughter. From the fascinating science of laughter research, to the joys of laughing until you cry. My guests vary from academics, such as psychologists and sociologists, to entrepreneurs and comedians. In each episode, with the help of my guests, I explore the role which laughter plays in our daily lives and I examine the truths and the myths around laughter. Is laughter purely a physiological response, or is it a social and culturally mediated means of communication?

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English


Episodes

16: The Laughing Baby Study with Evan Jordan

9/30/2016
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Today's podcast - released on none other than International Podcast Day...yes, it's a thing...is a follow up interview with Evan Jordan of Oklahoma State University. If you are a new listener to the Laughter Research Podcast, you might like to check out the previous interview HERE. Evan has been the lead investigator on a study which has been examining various aspects of infant development. Needless to say, of particular interest to me is the laughter aspect of the research. Evan sought...

Duration: 00:44:31


15: Merv Neal - From Businessman to 'Laughing Man'

9/15/2016
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My guest in podcast episode #15 is Merv Neal. Merv has a lengthy background in business, but a life threatening challenge to his health instigated a transformation in his approach to life. His goals switched from making money to improving the health of others and himself through the use of laughter. In this episode we explore Merv’s journey from Merv the businessman to Merv the Laughing Man and we learn about Merv’s involvement in medical and psychological research which involved...

Duration: 01:00:05


14: Podcast plans for the coming months

7/17/2015
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In this episode I set out my plans for the Laughter Research podcast for the rest of 2015 and I make a recommendation for an excellent psychology podcast - The Psych Files by Michael Britt.

Duration: 00:08:30


13: Contagious Laughter in Infants with Evan Jordan

4/23/2015
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Today I speak with Evan Jordan of Oklahoma State University in the U.S. about her research in to the contagiousness of positive emotions in infants, through the use of infant laughter as a stimulus. If you would like to hear about how psychologists get babies to laugh and why it is that theywant them to laugh, then you'll find this episode to be fascinating. Enjoy, Glen. Don't forget to check out the Laughter Store at www.laughterresearch.com

Duration: 00:33:24


12: Professor Sophie Scott

4/2/2015
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Professor Sophie Scott is the deputy director for the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in UCL (University College London). While the main focus of her research is the neurobiology of speech perception, her work alsoincludes the study of the neuroscience of laughter. She also dabbles in stand-up comedy. Sophie believes that laughter is one of the most complex and nuanced things that we do. Shefeels that we should take laughter more seriously, both in terms of science, but also in terms...

Duration: 00:35:53


11: Professor Michael Billig

3/5/2015
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The main focus of my conversation with Prof. Billig was the topic of his book Laughter and Ridicule: Towards a Social Critique of Humour (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society) in which he explores the important role which ridicule and laughter play in shaping social behaviours. In his book, Michael takes a critical approach to the topics of laughter and humour and he questions the common assumptions which are made, in particular by popular and academic psychology.

Duration: 00:38:59


#10 Steve Cummins - Comedian & 'Yummy Daddy'

2/12/2015
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Steve Cummins is an author, a broadcaster, a stand-up comedian, as well as being the resident host in the Laughter Lounge, Dublin's premier comedy venue.In this podcast episode (which was recorded in my kitchen - hence the echo) myself and Steve chat about his relationship with laughter and comedy and Steve proves that he can hold a conversation without cursing...much.

Duration: 00:51:34


9: Susan Cross - Entrepeneur & Laughter Enthusiast

1/20/2015
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Susan Cross is a director of and a partner in a company called TellTale. TellTale is a company which helps the management and staff of cultural and heritage sites to create days out, which visitors to the sites will remember and want to return to. Susan's consultancy, mentoring and advisory service in this area has resulted in her becoming one of the best known specialist in the field of enhanced visitor experience in the U.K. as well as in Ireland. Susan's extensive experience has...

Duration: 00:26:12


8: Laughologist - Albert Nerenberg

12/17/2014
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Albert Nerenberg, director of the documentary 'Laughology' is today's guest. Since the Laughology movie, which is the main topic of discussion in today’s episode, Albert has continued to embrace laughter and he is regular international speaker and presenter on the topic of laughter. So, enjoy the episode and please remember to comment on the shownotes page, which can be found at laughterresearch.com/laughologist

Duration: 00:40:00


Laughter Yoga: The Trouble with Research

12/9/2014
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Laughter Yoga is a very interesting phenomenon from a scientific perspective, because it’s so challenging to study in a rigorous way. There are various reasons for this, which I get into in greater detail in this episode. I also delve into some of the existing research on the subject and I ask, to what extent is the laughter aspect of Laughter Yoga the primary factor in promoting changes in people's well-being, when compared to 'non-laughter' exercise programmes?

Duration: 00:24:45


6: Daniel J Lewis on Clean Comedy

12/2/2014
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Daniel J Lewis is the host of 'The Ramen Noodle - Clean Comedy Podcast', in addition to being the host of the award winning show 'The Audacity to Podcast'. Daniel explains how he uses laughter in his life to overcome challenges and he offers advise to listeners as to how they might invite more laughter into their life, as well as the lives of their loved ones. We discuss the challenges of competing against explicit comedy podcasts and how Daniel compares the laughter which is obtained...

Duration: 00:35:23


Laughter in the classroom

11/21/2014
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Today’s guest is Niall Mulvey, principal of St. Brendan’s National school in the beautiful seaside town of Loughshinny, Co. Dublin. Niall has been working in Loughshinny for 25 years and has always embraced laughter in the classroom. In this episode we explore how to combine laughter and learning as well asthe joys of working with children.

Duration: 00:25:07


4: Lynn Nelson's quest to increase the world's 'Laughter Quotient'

10/31/2014
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Lynn discusses her book, Seriously Laugh: The life you save might be your own. She summarises her favourite tips on how to bring laughter into your life and she tells me about her work to bring laughter to the elderly through her 'Patch Works' foundation. I also learn about her crowd funding project, to help her complete her PhD in psychology - specialising in the study of laughter as a tool to enhance well-being.

Duration: 00:16:22


3: 'Life Is Crap' with Paul Wheeler

10/23/2014
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Paul Weeler is co-founder and co-director of an hilarious clothing apparel and merchandise company called 'Life Is Crap'. Paul tells me about how a chance incident, whilst trapped in a British Pub, due to a 2cm snowfall, led to the brainwave of creating a company to parody the popular U.S. brand 'Life Is Good'. Paul describes how the company has evolved and how he takes the company motto 'Life is crap and laughter is the cure' to heart, putting it into action in his daily life.

Duration: 00:20:59


1: Dr Madan Kataria on Laughter Yoga

10/23/2014
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In this episode I learn about Laughter Yoga, from the man who created it - Dr. Madan Kataria. We discuss what inspired him to create it, whether it is laughter, or social and psychological factors which help in people's healing and we talk about how Laughter Yoga has changed his life and the lives of people around him.

Duration: 00:31:07