- Laugh The left side of the cortex (the layer of cells that covers the entire surface of the forebrain) analyzed the words and structure of the joke.
- The brain's large frontal lobe, which is involved in social emotional responses, became very active.
- The right hemisphere of the cortex carried out the intellectual analysis required to "get" the joke.
- Brainwave activity then spread to the sensory processing area of the occipital lobe (the area on the back of the head that contains the cells that process visual signals).
- Stimulation of the motor sections
- Laughter shuts down the release of stress hormones like cortisol. It also triggers the production of feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine, which have all kinds of calming, anti-anxiety benefits.” Laughter is good for your body too–you use your core muscles when you laugh and you increases blood pressure
- Increases heart rate (may be good exercise for the heart and may overtax it changes breathing
- Reduces levels of certain neurochemicals (catecholamines, hormones).
- Provides a boost to the immune system.
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