The Serious Science of Humor

16:54 minutes

You might know why the chicken crossed the road, but do you know the answer to why it makes you chuckle? Scott Weems, author of Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why, tells us how our brain reacts to humor and let’s us in on the scientifically proven funniest joke in the world. (Read an excerpt from the book here.)

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Scott Weems

Scott Weems is a research scientist at the University of Maryland and author of Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why (Basic Books, 2014) in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Read an excerpt from Ha!

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

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An excerpt from "Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why" by Scott Weems.

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