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Jokes activates same brain region as cocaine

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Jokes activates same brain region as cocaine Humour tickles drug centre that gives hedonistic high HELEN PEARSON There s truth in the maxim laughter is a
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 4, 2003
      Jokes activates same brain region as cocaine
      Humour tickles drug centre that gives hedonistic high

      HELEN PEARSON

      There's truth in the maxim 'laughter is a drug'. A comic cartoon fired up
      the same brain centre as a shot of cocaine, researchers are reporting.

      A team at Stanford University in California asked lab mates, spouses and
      friends to select the wittiest newspaper cartoons from a portfolio. They
      showed the winning array to 16 volunteers while peering inside their heads
      by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

      The cartoons activated the same reward circuits in the brain that are
      tickled by cocaine, money or a pretty face, the neuroscientists found1. One
      brain region in particular, the nucleus accumbens, lit up seconds after a
      rib-tickler but remained listless after a lacklustre cartoon.

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      © Nature News Service / Macmillan Magazines Ltd 2003
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