The Chemistry of Laughter

Introduction

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  • Laughing is a part of everyones life, even if they are a negative type person, they have laughed at least once in their life.

  • I chose the chemistry of laughing because everyone in the world laughs. As young as 4 months old is when we begin to laugh and its a universal language.

  • My life is affected by laughing in plenty of ways such as funny jokes, TV shows, being with funny types of people, or being tickled.

Composition of ...
  • Endorphins C158H251N39O46S

  • Dopamine C8H11NO2


Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components

  • The two main chemicals, compounds, or components that are used when we laugh is Endorphins and Dopamine.

  • Endorphins (C158H251N39O46S) are the natural happy drug that is released in the body. They are a group of peptide hormones. Endorphins also increase pain tolerance and they affect your emotions.

  • Dopamine(C8H11NO2) is produced in the brain when we laugh. It is a neurotransmitter and has a role in the Central Nervous System.


Chemistry's Role

There are several ways that chemistry is involved when laughing.When we laugh, Endorphins are released from the pituitary gland into the blood and then into the brain and into the spine.When laughing, the dopamine chemical is released in the brain and then are sent as a signal to other nerves in the body.


Background Research

Laughing has been around ever since the first human was born and is very contagious .There are several theories that explain laughter.Sigmund Freud created  The Relief Theory and is summarized by it being a tension releaser. A philosopher, John Morreal has a theory that it is a shared expression to relieve the passing of feeling in danger. However, of course, laughter IS the best medicine.


Resources

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/science/14laughter.html?_r=0

increases pain resistance

bonds groups of people together


http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Are_Endorphins_released_when_you_laugh#slide=2&article=What_chemical_is_released_to_you_brain_when_you_laugh

Dopamine is released in your brain

Adrenalin is also released


http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/2054

when laughing, the body produces more gamma interfection T-cells and disease fighting cells

boosts the immune system


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughter

involuntary reactions in humans

contagious


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrous_oxide

Also known as laughing gas

N2O


http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/endorphins.htm

neurotransmitters

natural narcotic



http://www.chemistryexplained.com/Di-Fa/Endorphins.html

endorphins


http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/laugh.html

What happens when we laugh



http://www.ehow.com/how_2063616_release-endorphins.html

Releasing endorphins



http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-dopamine.htm

Dopamine



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endorphins

What happens in the brain with endorphins


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopamine

What happens in the brain with dopamine


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughter

Laughter



About the Author


Elizabeth Stauffer is a Senior at Billings Senior High School. She enjoys being with her family and friends. She also likes to travel and do whatever makes her and others happy.

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