December 17, 2017

The Joy of Your Brain… and the Dark Side of Laughter


From the article:

It’s all about emotion, and especially joy, that great reward in the brain, which, once experienced, we then naturally seek to achieve again … and which can help “make life worth living.”

As a result of their discovery that tickling rats makes them laugh, brain scientist Jaak Panksepp and his colleagues are now producing what they hope will prove to be more effective anti-depressants — chemicals that not only dull negative feelings, but safely enhance positive ones.