17 - Gelotology with Lee Berk

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The. Study. Of. Laughter. It exists, and it's called gelotology. In one of the oddly more somber episodes, Alie sits down with Dr. Lee Berk, a doctor who is "serious about laughter" and has dedicated decades to hunting down how humor affects the body. Learn about what makes a joke a joke, the science behind happiness, why you laugh when you're nervous, if comedians are naturally depressed or if that's a myth, and why some people get paid to tickle rats. Gelotology is an actual science and as Alie learns, it really is no laughing matter.

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Some potentially useful links:

Dr. Lee Berk’s website 

History of laughter therapy

Descartes and mind-body dualism

Who was Norman Cousins? 

What the fuq is a joke? 

Who do laughs work?

Why do we laugh?

Carol Burnett dentist sketch

Laurel and Hardy

The Granpappy of the word “stress”

What are brain waves?

Tickle some rats; they love it

Why do we laugh when tickled? 

Are comedians depressed tho

Eat more nuts, okay?

Alie Ward