Brain centre for laughter

Scientists find brain’s laughter switch
11 February 2019
Presented by Mariana Campos


Child laughing heartily


Scientists have found a spot in the brain that, when stimulated, triggers laughter and is followed by a sense of calm and happiness that lasts 30 minutes.

This discovery has direct implication for tens of thousands of people who undergo open brain surgery, and could be used in the future to treat anxiety, depression, and pain.

Mariana Campos has been talking to Dr Kelly Bijanki.


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