Podcast: Why Do We Laugh at Pain?

by B Trewin

October 18, 2016

Check out episode 28 of Completely Optional Knowledge, the podcast that answers questions you never knew you had. Some things in life are #CompletelyOptional — satisfying your curiosity doesn’t have to be one of them.

If you’ve ever watched “America’s Funniest Home Videos” or YouTube video after YouTube video of skateboard tricks gone wrong, than you understand listener Matthew Hollingshead’s question: why do we think it’s so funny to watch other people get hurt?  

Caleb Warren, an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Arizona dives in to answer this and explore more about what laughter means to humans and other mammals.

In this podcast we discuss things like the General Theory of Humor and the Benign Violation Theory. Yes, we’re going to analyze jokes — listen at your own risk.

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