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Offline omid

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« on: 29/10/2009 18:03:17 »
can some one clear please? ;)


 

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« Reply #1 on: 11/11/2009 03:41:45 »
Hahaha, this is quite complicated to explain, but I would guess that it has to to with the neuron impulses in our brain.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 11/11/2009 09:34:33 »
can some one clear please? ;)

It more fun if someone else inflicts a tickle on you than if you do it to yourself apparently.

More here: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=25248.msg272889
« Last Edit: 11/11/2009 09:37:27 by FuzzyUK »
 

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« Reply #3 on: 13/11/2009 07:41:05 »
Thanks guys,
But do we only laugh when we are tickled why don't we cry or something like that? :-\
 

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« Reply #4 on: 13/11/2009 16:45:59 »
Thanks guys,
But do we only laugh when we are tickled why don't we cry or something like that? :-\

Great question, because for many people being tickled is NOT a pleasurable experience, even though it makes them laugh/giggle.  I think it's a brain wiring issue - there's an argument that we're ticklish so that we can respond to a gentle touch, which could well be the presence of an insect (fleas/ticks/mosquitoes etc).

So we certainly should react, but why with spasms of laughter?

I've no idea!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 14/11/2009 15:07:09 »
Tickling I seem to recall has actually been used as a form of torture!

A few points from scavenged from rather inconclusive readings:

kids often start laughing before they are even touched, when they know the tickle is coming (something to do with hormones associated to anticipation and surprise?)

Would you laugh if a stranger walked up behind you and tickled you? i dont think i would, so could it be socially related? something to do with the brain trying to work out how to respond to 'pain' caused by the touch of someone who is trusted/loved?

A conditioned response, ie babies that are tickled by their parents during intimate/excitable moments?
 

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