Laughter

Publication Title: 
International Journal of Psychophysiology: Official Journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology

Prototypical respiratory-facial-postural actions ('emotional effector patterns') related to six basic emotions had been extracted from an ensemble of physiological reactions present in subjects reliving intense emotional situations (Bloch & SantibaÒez, 1972). Subjects reproducing these actions could evoke the corresponding subjective experience, which suggested their use as an experimental model for generating controlled emotional states.

Author(s): 
Bloch, S.
Lemeignan, M.
Aguilera, N.
Publication Title: 
Developmental Psychology

This article examines the extent to which secure base script knowledge-as reflected in an adult's ability to generate narratives in which attachment-related threats are recognized, competent help is provided, and the problem is resolved-is associated with adults' autonomic and subjective emotional responses to infant distress and nondistress vocalizations. Adults who demonstrated low levels of secure base knowledge showed greater electrodermal reactivity and stronger declines in their feelings of love while they listened to a recording of an infant crying.

Author(s): 
Groh, Ashley M.
Roisman, Glenn I.
Publication Title: 
Revista Latino-Americana De Enfermagem

The purpose of this study is to report on the experiment of a group of undergraduate students from the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing, who use art (some aspects of the Clown Theatre) as a nursing resource in the care to hospitalized children. Having as basis the job performed by the group of physicians "Joy Doctors", and the theoretical grounding from Psychology and Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing, those students founded the Laugh Company that aims at rescuing laugh within the hospitalized child/family.

Author(s): 
Françani, G. M.
Zilioli, D.
Silva, P. R.
Sant'ana, R. P.
de Lima, R. A.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Neuroscience

The human expressive behavior termed laughter is triggered by pleasurable psychoemotional stimuli (Moody, 1978) and is possessed of a certain healing potential. According to split-brain studies (Sperry, 1966), psychoemotional stimuli are bound up with emotional activity in the right side of the brain. The idea thus suggests itself to study laughter generated by different sources with regard to the attendant electric brain activity between the right and left hemispheres.

Author(s): 
Bick, C. H.
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

CONTEXT: Research shows that laughter has myriad health benefits, yet the medical community has not implemented it formally as a treatment. Patients awaiting organ transplantation have significant physical disabilities and are at risk for psychological distress. Attenuated heart rate variability (HRV) is a risk factor for a negative long-term outcome in some patients. OBJECTIVE: The study intended to evaluate the clinical utility of laughter yoga in improving psychological and physiological measures in outpatients awaiting organ transplantation.

Author(s): 
Dolgoff-Kaspar, Rima
Baldwin, Ann
Johnson, Scott
Edling, Nancy
Sethi, Gulshan K.
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

CONTEXT: Research shows that laughter has myriad health benefits, yet the medical community has not implemented it formally as a treatment. Patients awaiting organ transplantation have significant physical disabilities and are at risk for psychological distress. Attenuated heart rate variability (HRV) is a risk factor for a negative long-term outcome in some patients. OBJECTIVE: The study intended to evaluate the clinical utility of laughter yoga in improving psychological and physiological measures in outpatients awaiting organ transplantation.

Author(s): 
Dolgoff-Kaspar, Rima
Baldwin, Ann
Johnson, M. Scott
Edling, Nancy
Sethi, Gulshan K.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Motor Behavior

Social, psychological, and physiological studies have provided evidence indicating that laughter imposes an increased demand on trunk muscles. It was the aim of this study to quantify the activation of trunk muscles during laughter yoga in comparison with crunch and back lifting exercises regarding the mean trunk muscle activity. Muscular activity during laughter yoga exercises was measured by surface electromyography of 5 trunk muscles. The activation level of internal oblique muscle during laughter yoga is higher compared to the traditional exercises.

Author(s): 
Wagner, Heiko
Rehmes, Ulrich
Kohle, Daniel
Puta, Christian
Publication Title: 
Journal of Motor Behavior

Social, psychological, and physiological studies have provided evidence indicating that laughter imposes an increased demand on trunk muscles. It was the aim of this study to quantify the activation of trunk muscles during laughter yoga in comparison with crunch and back lifting exercises regarding the mean trunk muscle activity. Muscular activity during laughter yoga exercises was measured by surface electromyography of 5 trunk muscles. The activation level of internal oblique muscle during laughter yoga is higher compared to the traditional exercises.

Author(s): 
Wagner, Heiko
Rehmes, Ulrich
Kohle, Daniel
Puta, Christian
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

CONTEXT: Research shows that laughter has myriad health benefits, yet the medical community has not implemented it formally as a treatment. Patients awaiting organ transplantation have significant physical disabilities and are at risk for psychological distress. Attenuated heart rate variability (HRV) is a risk factor for a negative long-term outcome in some patients. OBJECTIVE: The study intended to evaluate the clinical utility of laughter yoga in improving psychological and physiological measures in outpatients awaiting organ transplantation.

Author(s): 
Dolgoff-Kaspar, Rima
Baldwin, Ann
Johnson, Scott
Edling, Nancy
Sethi, Gulshan K.
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

CONTEXT: Research shows that laughter has myriad health benefits, yet the medical community has not implemented it formally as a treatment. Patients awaiting organ transplantation have significant physical disabilities and are at risk for psychological distress. Attenuated heart rate variability (HRV) is a risk factor for a negative long-term outcome in some patients. OBJECTIVE: The study intended to evaluate the clinical utility of laughter yoga in improving psychological and physiological measures in outpatients awaiting organ transplantation.

Author(s): 
Dolgoff-Kaspar, Rima
Baldwin, Ann
Johnson, M. Scott
Edling, Nancy
Sethi, Gulshan K.

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