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The Resource Curious Behavior : Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond, Robert R. Provine

Curious Behavior : Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond, Robert R. Provine

Label
Curious Behavior : Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond
Title
Curious Behavior
Title remainder
Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond
Statement of responsibility
Robert R. Provine
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread--in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified, human behaviors. Our earthiest instinctive acts bear the imprint of our evolutionary origins and can be valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works and what makes us different from other species
  • Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread--in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Upon investigation, these instinctive acts bear the imprint of our evolutionary origins and can be uniquely valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works and what makes us different from other species. Many activities showcased in Curious Behavior are contagious, but none surpasses yawning in this regard--just reading the word can make one succumb. Though we often take it as a sign of sleepiness or boredom, yawning holds clues to the development of our sociality and ability to empathize with others. Its inescapable transmission reminds us that we are sometimes unaware, neurologically programmed beasts of the herd. Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations. Tickling, we learn, may be the key to programming personhood into robots. Coughing comes in musical, medical, and social varieties. Farting and belching have import for the evolution of human speech. And prenatal behavior is offered as the strangest exhibit of all, defying postnatal logic in every way. Our earthiest acts define Homo sapiens as much as language, bipedalism, tool use, and other more studied characteristics. As Provine guides us through peculiarities right under our noses, he beckons us to follow with self-experiments: tickling our own feet, keeping a log of when we laugh, and attempting to suppress yawns and sneezes. Such humble investigations provide fodder for grade school science projects as well as doctoral dissertations. Small Science can yield big rewards
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Cataloging source
CN8ML
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Provine, Robert R
Dewey number
152.3/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
BF199
LC item number
.P765 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Human behavior
  • Human biology
  • Neuropsychology
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Human behavior
  • Human biology
  • Neuropsychology
Label
Curious Behavior : Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond, Robert R. Provine
Instantiates
Publication
Note
OldControl:harvard. 9780674067226
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Yawning -- Laughing -- Vocal crying -- Emotional tears -- Whites of the eyes -- Coughing -- Sneezing -- Hiccupping -- Vomiting and nausea -- Tickling -- Itching and scratching -- Farting and belching -- Prenatal behavior
Control code
835788701
Extent
1 online resource (288 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674067226
Issuing body
Made available online by De Gruyter.
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674067226
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)835788701
Label
Curious Behavior : Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond, Robert R. Provine
Publication
Note
OldControl:harvard. 9780674067226
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Yawning -- Laughing -- Vocal crying -- Emotional tears -- Whites of the eyes -- Coughing -- Sneezing -- Hiccupping -- Vomiting and nausea -- Tickling -- Itching and scratching -- Farting and belching -- Prenatal behavior
Control code
835788701
Extent
1 online resource (288 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674067226
Issuing body
Made available online by De Gruyter.
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674067226
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)835788701

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