Jaak Panksepp tickles a rat. A behind-the-scenes moment from our Laughter episode.
Regarding laughter as a social phenomenon and the notion that it only happens as a social event: what about laughter in a dream? I have also had the experience of dream laughter that has awakened me. Is this a social event?
Maybe b/c I love animals but I think this is one of the coolest shows you've done! I say this every week but this is one of the coolest shows I've heard from Radio Lab. Thank you guys for enlightening me on a weekly basis!!!!
This is so cool! I have pet rats and I can imagine them laughing. They get very excited when you tickle or box with them. I wonder how loud their sounds are because you can't hear them normally unless their in pain when they squeak.
I've laughed so hard in a dream that the noise woke me up. I'll never forget that dream and when I remember it, it still makes me smile.
The "rat tickler" experiment is very innovative and quite convincing! Sometimes when I am alone and sink myself into some funny memories, I can still giggle, well, not laugh exactly. One more interesting question: I dream of me laughing very hard during sleep occasionally, I wonder is that laugh observable by other people or merely a mental activity in my dream?
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