About this event

  • Date and time Thu 18 Apr 2024 from 10:45am to 12:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Senior Fellows Forum

Laughter is a positive emotional vocalisation that has roots in mammal play vocalisations. Laughter is often assumed by humans to be an index of humour, but most of the time when humans laugh, it has little to do with humour. Laughter is primarily a social behaviour, and we are more than 30 times more likely to laugh when we are with other people than when we are on our own. In this talk, Professor Sophie Scott will address the evolutionary history of laughter, look at its use in human interactions, and explore its neurobiology.

Registration, tea and coffee: 10:45am
Welcome and introduction: 11:30am
Lecture: 11:40am
Close of meeting: 12:45pm
Optional lunch: 12:45pm

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Key speakers

Professor Sophie Scott

Professor Sophie Scott CBE

Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Sophie Scott CBE is the Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. She uses brain imaging to ask questions about how speech is processed as a sound, the neural basis of speech and sound processing and the social roles of vocalizations. She has pioneered neuroscientific studies of laughter. She gave the Royal Society Christmas Lectures in 2017, was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2020 and was awarded the Royal Society Faraday Prize in 2021.


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Registration for this event will close on 17 April 2024 at 1:00am (GMT) for the in-person event and on 18 April 2024 for the live stream. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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