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Why Did the Researcher Cross the Road?

Laugh, and your brain laughs with you.

Or at least an area in the lower frontal lobe appreciates the joke, according to research conducted by Dean Shibata, an assistant professor of radiology at the Medical Center.

Using magnetic resonance imaging, Shibata and his team became the first to pinpoint which areas of the brain are active during the experience of humor.

The research is no laughing matter.

By connecting the brain's response to humor, doctors may be able to better treat patients for mental illness or mood disorders.

 

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