Citizen Scientists Decode Meaning, Memory and Laughter – SciAm Mind

Scientific American Mind have a guest blog post from Joshua Hartshorne about citizen science. That is, science where researcher recruit ‘enthusiastic amateurs’ online as research collaborators. He points out that cognitive scientists have been doing this a long time and covers a range of recent projects including ours. Which probably has the most enthusiastic collaborators of all (and, most definitely, the youngest!)

Laughter has origins that predate humanity. Other great apes laugh, and some other animals may as well. The Baby Laughter Project (University of London) looks at the developmental origin of laughter: what makes babies laugh and why? At a superficial level, the causes of baby laughter are very different from adults: Babies rarely find the Colbert Report or Saturday Night Live all that funny.
Citizen Scientists Decode Meaning, Memory and Laughter | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network.

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