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Sharing the joke: the size of natural laughter groups

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Recent studies suggest that laughter plays an important role in social bonding. Human communities are much larger than those of other primates and hence require more time to be devoted to social maintenance activities. Yet, there is an upper limit on the amount of time that can be dedicated to social demands, and, in nonhuman primates, this sets an upper limit on social group size. It has been suggested that laughter provides the additional bonding capacity in humans by allowing an increase i...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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EVOLUTION AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR More from this journal
Volume:
33
Issue:
6
Pages:
775-779
Publication date:
2012-11-01
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1090-5138
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English
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360302
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2013-11-16

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