Laugh loud, cough up

March 23, 2007

Psychologists at Kent and Liverpool universities have found that laughter increases altruism towards strangers, a finding that may have important implications for charities. The study, conducted by Mark van Vugt, Charlie Hardy, Julie Stow and Robin Dunbar, was designed to examine if laughter acts as a social lubricant by enhancing a sense of group identity among strangers.

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