LAUGHTER IS CLOSELY RELATED TO FEAR, RESEARCHERS FIND
HONG KONG, March 2, 2015
The surest way to make someone laugh is to attack them, researchers said this week.
Humor is rooted in fear, and laughter is a type of screaming.
The widespread belief that surprise is the basic unit of joke delivery is wrong, according to entertainment researchers at the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Unpredictability is a common but OPTIONAL element of the process of making people laugh out loud, while the creation of emotional tension is far more significant.