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Laughter therapy.
Winter G
Nurs Stand 2006 Dec 13-2007 Jan 2, 21:28-9


Wellbeing: Humour at work
Source: Personnel Today, 2007, no. 9-JAN-2007, pp. 27-28


2. Inhibition of Selective Noradrenergic Reuptake as Treatment of
Pathological Laughter.
Møller M, Andersen G
J Clin Psychopharmacol 2007 Feb, 27:108-110


Sense of humor and survival among a county cohort of patients with end-stage
renal failure: a two-year prospective study.
Svebak S, Kristoffersen B, Aasarød K
Int J Psychiatry Med 2006, 36:269-81

OBJECTIVE: To explore the significance of sense of humor for survival in a
county cohort of patients diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. This
diagnosis is a life-threatening condition that calls upon coping skills and
regular dialysis. METHOD: All patients receiving dialysis in the county of
Sør-Trøndelag during February of one year (N= 52) were invited. Forty-one
completed the survey and had complete data (78.9%). Predictors were related
to survival status two years later. Three blocks of predictors were tested:
1) age, gender and education; 2) duration of disease, number of dialyses per
week, and co-morbidity; and 3) quality of life and sense of humor.
Confounding effects of variables in blocks one and two were controlled for
using Cox survival analysis. RESULTS: Nineteen patients (46.3 %) died over
the 2-year observation period. Survival decreased with higher age at time of
survey (p < .044), but was not significantly predicted by variables in block
two. A highly significant increase in survival was due to the psychological
variables of block three (p <.001) essentially accounted for by sense of
humor (p < .005). Those who scored above the median in sense of humor
increased their odds for survival by on average 31%. CONCLUSIONS: Sense of
humor appeared to mediate better coping and, therefore, protected against
detrimental effects of disease-related stressors upon survival.


Hemispheric asymmetry and pun comprehension: When cowboys have sore calves
Seana Coulsona, ,  and Els Severensb

aCognitive Science Department, University of California, San Diego, USA
bDepartment of Experimental Psychology, University of Ghent, Belgium

Accepted 24 August 2005.  Available online 30 September 2005.

Abstract
Event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded as healthy participants
listened to puns such as "During branding, cowboys have sore calves." To
assess hemispheric differences in pun comprehension, visually presented
probes that were either highly related (COW), moderately related (LEG), or
unrelated, were presented in either the left or right visual half field
(LVF/RVF). The sensitivity of each hemisphere to the different meanings
evoked by the pun was assessed by ERP relatedness effects with presentation
to the LVF and the RVF. In Experiment 1, the inter-stimulus interval between
the pun and the onset of the visual probe was 0 ms; in Experiment 2, this
value was 500 ms. In Experiment 1, both highly and moderately related probes
elicited similar priming effects with RVF presentation. Relative to their
unrelated counterparts, related probes elicited less negative ERPs in the
N400 interval (300-600 ms post-onset), and more positive ERPs 600-900 ms
post-onset, suggesting both meanings of the pun were equally active in the
left hemisphere. LVF presentation yielded similar priming effects (less
negative N400 and a larger positivity thereafter) for the highly related
probes, but no effects for moderately related probes. In Experiment 2,
similar N400 priming effects were observed for highly and moderately related
probes presented to both visual fields. Compared to unrelated probes 600-900
ms post-onset, related probes elicited a centro-parietal positivity with RVF
presentation, but a fronto-polar positivity with LVF presentation. Results
suggest that initially, the different meanings evoked by a pun are both
active in the left hemisphere, but only the most highly related meaning is
active in the right hemisphere. By 500 ms, both meanings are active in both
hemispheres.
Keywords: Jokes; Puns; Humor; Laterality; Ambiguity; ERP; N400; Hemifield
presentation; Word play


Fahr's disease: a differential diagnosis of frontal lobe syndrome.
Lam JS, Fong SY, Yiu GC, Wing YK
Hong Kong Med J 2007 Feb, 13:75-7
[PubMed] [Related articles]
Fahr's disease refers to a rare syndrome characterised by symmetrical and 
bilateral intracranial calcification. The basal ganglia are the most common 
site of involvement and most cases present with extra-pyramidal symptoms. We 
describe two men with Fahr's diseases who presented with prominent frontal 
lobe symptoms. The first man presented with frequent uncontrollable bursts 
of laughter and crying spells. He later developed mild dysarthric speech and 
choreoathetoid movement. The second man presented with progressive changes 
in personality and behaviour. In both cases, there were no parkinsonian 
features. Computed tomographic scans of both patients demonstrated extensive 
symmetrical calcification over the basal ganglia and dentate nuclei. A 
repeated imaging scan in the second patient revealed progressive cerebral 
atrophy but reduction in the calcification. No underlying cause for the 
bilateral calcification was found. As frontal lobe symptoms are usually 
inconspicuous in the early stage, the presence of these symptoms might be 
overlooked in clinical practice when compared with those suffering from 
prominent movement disorders.

2. Humor doulas.
Gauldin D
J Perinat Educ 2000, 9:52
[PubMed]
Laughter at professional health care conferences may be the best medicine.


Finding humor in the mundane.
Gauldin D
J Perinat Educ 2004, 13:49-50
[PubMed]
In this column, the author encourages everyone to find humor in the daily 
routine...and to use more lotion.


PIETER BRUEGEL AND THE ART OF LAUGHTER BY WALTER GIBSON
Author: SILVER, LARRY1
Source: The Art Book, Volume 14, Number 1, February 2007, pp. 47-48(2)
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing


- Bad Language: From Potty Talk to Swearing to Name-Calling - Humor or 
Hurtful?
Author: Duffy, R
Source: Exchange, 2007, no. 173, pp. 72-75


Television's new golden age is completely humour-free
Source: Macleans, 2007, vol. 120, no. 3, pp. 50

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