(Courtesy of Piet Willem Tanja)
The Rietveld Schröder house is interesting because of its amazing architecture. Gerrit Rietveld was a famous architect desigining houses and furniture (the furniture can be seen at the Centraal Museum, close to the conference venue. He added many beautiful objects to our city. One of them is the Rietveld Schröder House. It can be visited, also from the inside. Read more about this amazing piece of architecture.
Kreifelts and colleagues from several institutions in Germany investigated the role of laughter in embaressment using fMRI. They let people with more or less social anxiety listen to laughter. They found that several cerebral activation patterns mediated the influence of social anxiety on laughter perception. Read more.
Mainali and co-authors in Reading, Massachusetts, reported on a seizure induced by laughter. It was recorded by EEG when the man, a 43-year old obese Caucasian, enjoyed a comedy show. The seizure episodes lasted about five seconds. Read more.
In this review by Gildberg and three other Danish researchers twelve articles were found describing the use of humor in forensic settings. The review defines three areas of study: humor in staff, humor as a relational tool and the impact humor might have on patients. Read more.