I am intrigued by the concept of laughter so after today’s discussion I did a little research. I found the work that Melissa talked about here. The article tackles a lot but I found the discussion of the nature of human laughter the most interesting being around pg. 10. It’s worth a look even if its only to see the word “coochi-coochi-coo’ used seriously in a scientific publication. The lack of research in the area was rather shocking considering that laughing is something found across cultures, and is also something that consistently developes at a very young age. I also found it rather strange that laughing disorders aren’t more popular. I can see how some brain damage can lead to inappropriate laughter but I have never heard of someone who was unable to stop laughing. Does it exist? Or is it such a basic human function that it never really goes wrong?