• fascinating to consider

    geijlsngi15 To test the theory, psychologist Dr Carolyn McGettigan from the Royal Holloway University of London measured brain responses of volunteers as they listened to genuine laughter on YouTube clips.


    Each participant was asked to pick clips they found funny.


    This ranged from comedy shows, such as Flight Of The Conchords, and even the Eurovision Song Contest.


    The results were then compared to how their brains responded to fake laughter.


    The findings revealed participants, none of which were told the study was about laughter perception, could unconsciously tell when the chuckles were insincere.


    Dr McGettigan said: 'It's fascinating to consider the way our brain is able to detect genuine happiness in other people. 

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