Université de Fribourg

Exploration of the neural correlates of ticklish laughter by functional magnetic resonance imaging

Wattendorf, Elise ; Westermann, Birgit ; Fiedler, Klaus ; Kaza, Evangelia ; Lotze, Martin ; Celio, Marco R.

In: Cerebral Cortex, 2013, vol. 23, no. 6, p. 1280-1289

The burst of laughter that is evoked by tickling is a primitive form of vocalization. It evolves during an early phase of postnatal life and appears to be independent of higher cortical circuits. Clinicopathological observations have led to suspicions that the hypothalamus is directly involved in the production of laughter. In this functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation, healthy...