Think Science: Humor

Jun 21, 2017

What makes you laugh? And why is it funny? Do you guffaw when Moe hits Curly over the head with a wrench, or is the witty, urbane comedy of Woody Allen or Whit Stillman more your style? And is there anything universally funny?

We’ll pose this question to a cognitive neuroscientist on Friday, August 18 at Think Science: Humor. Join us as we hear from Scott Weems, author of “Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why.” Scott will join us via Skype to talk about what happens inside our noggin when we see or hear something funny, and why people react in different ways to different types of humor. We may even watch a few film clips ourselves for some informal humor polls!

You’ll get a chance to ask your questions, too, at this free event at the Pearl Studio. Box lunches from Spice of Life Catering will be available for $5. Please RSVP using the special link below:


Think Science: Humor
Pearl Studio, 200 E. Grayson St., in the Full Goods Building
Time: Noon-1 p.m.

About Scott Weems:

Scott Weems is a cognitive neuroscientist and author of Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why. He has been featured on CBS, CNN, and MSNBC. Scott Weems’s career began as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served as communications officer onboard the USCGC YOCONA in Kodiak, Alaska. His travels then took him to New Orleans, Boston, Los Angeles, Annapolis, and Little Rock, earning graduate degrees in psychology, education, and creative writing along the way.  He also has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from U.C.L.A. and once made a little girl cry by telling her that some people go to school until the 26th grade.