Study Suggests You Can Train Your Brain to be Funnier March 17 2017, 0 Comments

Are you always envious of the one friend that manages to make everyone laugh every time he opens his mouth? A new study will help you understand why and maybe help to provide you with your own punch lines.


A team of researchers from the University of Southern California had professional comedians, amateur comedians and normal people come up with both funny and mundane captions for New Yorker cartoon while they were hooked up to a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine.


After tackling the test, participants and strangers then rated how funny their own captions were.


Picture given to participants:


The results showed that two distinct parts of the brain were activated when creating jokes and the dominance occurred directly with the person’s familiarity and effectiveness in telling a knee slapper.


The professional comedians had more activation in the brain’s temporal lobe. Meanwhile, amateurs and non-comedians mostly used their prefrontal cortex, which is in charge of executive functions like decision making and planning complex behaviours – not the best way to create a rib cracker.


When the jokes were rated, those created by the temporal lobe were funnier then those stemmed from the prefrontal cortex.


So what’s the secret?


The way to become funnier is practice practice practice. The more experience you have with comedy, the less you need to engage in the top-down control and the more you rely on the spontaneous associations.


So to sum up, keep telling the dad jokes and after enough practice you might tap into your temporal lobe and become the next big comedian.


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