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Curious Behavior and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. . In Curious Behavior, Robert Provine provides clear, entertaining, and (most. Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread–in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread—in search of hiccups, coughs.

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Why would someone study those seemingly uninteresting and inappropriate acts?

Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond

I would say the answer lies in the questions this neuroscientist has asked himself: What is a cough? What has really gone with the wind? Over the years, Provine has investigated these and other behaviors in the lab and on the street, and the result is beautifully written and constantly surprising.

And that is exactly how [ Provine ] thinks science should be pursued.

For each of these odd functions, Provine dexterously combines tobert, a fine way with words, and precise scientific context, to show us the evolutionary reason behind it… This is a delectable presentation for all who love the territory between pop and hardcore science writing. Neuroscientist Robert Provine turns an evolutionary lens on everything from the gross to the faintly improper.


Curious Behavior

Burping and farting were involved in the development of speech, says Provine. Taking examples from his own research, some of which involved nothing more complicated than stalking graduate students and observing how and when they laugh, he explains the origins of some of the most prevalent, but often overlooked, human behaviors.

These include yawning, laughing, crying, tears, coughing, sneezing, hiccupping, vomiting and nausea, tickling, itching and scratching, farting and belching, and finally prenatal behavior. But it is also serious science about the importance of defining stimuli, using specific language, and understanding the difference between what people think they do, and what they actually do.

The book may provide new windows into autistic behaviors, schizophrenia, and the definition of self… In a world where there is an increasing gulf between the public and scientists, Provine leads by example with straightforward science communication… This book is a must-have for any connoisseur of human behavior, whether studying in a classroom or from a barstool.

This is a delight to read, fascinating and humane and very often funny. Open this book, which is based on serious research but reads like a detective novel, and find out how much more there is to such behavior than you ever thought.


The writing style and topics are so provocative, one is hard pressed not to enact these behaviors while reading. Why do we yawn?

Curious Behavior — Robert R. Provine | Harvard University Press

Why do we cry? Finally, here is a book that addresses these age-old issues! Provinethe leading researcher of such phenomena, discovers the extraordinary hidden in plain sight. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics.

Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Join Our Mailing List: Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Edward Lear is an apt provinne to think about at Christmas-time. His nonsense books, mo ….


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