Scott Weems, adjunct research scientist at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), is receiving rave reviews for his new book, Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why. Weems, a cognitive neuroscientist, investigates the science of humor and what happens in our brains when we laugh. He argues that humor is the result of a cerebral conflict and comes from a deeper desire to understand the world.

Ha! covers aspects of humor including where it originates in our brains, how laughter can strengthen the immune system, and why surprise is an important element of comedy. The book answers an array of questions about the science of laughter with in-depth research and pithy anecdotes.

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