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      Some Neurological Aspects of Laughter

      European Neurology

      S. Karger AG

      Pathological laughter, Laughter, Gelastic epilepsy, Primate laughter

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          This brief survey of laughter attempts an analysis of its neurological mechanisms, evolution, role in social behaviour and its clinicopathological importance. The mechanisms of laughter, its physiological consequences and its demonstration by sound spectrography are considered. Something resembling laughter occurs in certain primates, and possibly rodents, though there are important differences. The evolution of laughter in a social context is appraised. Pathological laughter arises rarely, usually caused by diseases of the frontal or temporal lobes, and in hypothalamic hamartomata in children.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                ENE
                Eur Neurol
                10.1159/issn.0014-3022
                European Neurology
                S. Karger AG
                0014-3022
                1421-9913
                2004
                November 2004
                19 November 2004
                : 52
                : 3
                : 169-171
                Affiliations
                Emeritus Consultant Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, UK
                Article
                81857 Eur Neurol 2004;52:169–171
                10.1159/000081857
                15528918
                © 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

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