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Kennison examines how humor is involved in cognition and memory, human development, and overall mental and physical health.
Studies show that comprehending humor involves numerous regions throughout the brain and leads to physiological changes in the brain and body, which are beneficial for health. In contrast, humor deficits are observed in cases of normal aging, brain damage resulting from traumatic brain injury or disease, and developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder.
Readers will gain a fundamental understanding of the biological basis of humor.
Each chapter includes multiple pedagogical features such as key terms, review questions, suggested projects, recommended readings and videos. In addition, there are special features highlighting examples that illustrate the diversity of human languages, noteworthy research discoveries, and case histories of extraordinary individuals.