DB 049: Behavioral Scientist Peter McGraw On What Makes Things Funny!

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TODAY’S GUEST

In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Peter McGraw, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, founder of the Humor Research Lab (HuRL), and co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.

We love to laugh at the Karpman household, so it was really interesting to learn the science behind humor.   And for those of our Big Dreamers who get occasional visits from the tickle monster, we loved learning why we laugh uncontrollably when a family member tickles us under our neck but if you tickle the same spot on your own it is not ticklish at all!   This was just a fun, lighthearted discussion with Peter that we enjoyed, and we know you will too!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Peter explains the scientific reasons behind how just a few seconds of laughter can change your overall mood.
  • Peter and Eva share some funny jokes.
  • Peter explains how animals can have a sense of humor.
  • Peter shares the science behind tickling – why it’s ticklish when someone else tickles you, and not ticklish at all when you do it yourself.
  • Why Peter started his research on human and animal humor.
  • The reason why you find one thing funny, and and another thing not so funny.
  • Eva shares an example of a “dad joke.”
  • Peter’s BIG DREAM for the future.
  • Peter’s definition of success.
  • Peter’s daily routines.
  • Peter’s best advice to his 10-year old self.
  • And much more.

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