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Laughter influences social bonding but not prosocial generosity to friends and strangers

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Humans deploy a number of specific behaviours for forming social bonds, one of which is laughter. However, two questions have not yet been investigated with respect to laughter: (1) Does laughter increase the sense of bonding to those with whom we laugh? and (2) Does laughter facilitate prosocial generosity? Using changes in pain threshold as a proxy for endorphin upregulation in the brain and a standard economic game (the Dictator Game) as an assay of prosociality, we show that laughter does...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1371/journal.pone.0256229

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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0000-0002-9982-9702
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Department of Experimental Psychology
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Public Library of Science
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PLOS ONE More from this journal
Volume:
16
Issue:
8
Article number:
e0256229
Publication date:
2021-08-13
Acceptance date:
2021-08-03
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EISSN:
1932-6203
Pmid:
34388212
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English
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1191752
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pubs:1191752
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2022-01-06

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