Socialcommunication Theory Of Laughter This proposition states that

laughter was a primary means of communication for primitive humans. According to the social/communication theory of laughter, laughter was originally a vocal signal to other members of the group/tribe that they might relax with safety. Other tenets of this theory are that laughter fulfills a social function as communication between parent and offspring, that laughter is a "social corrective" mechanism, that laughter is a means of communicating "joy," that humor and laughter are "social conflict-resolution" mechanisms, and that laughter is expressive of unity in group opinion. The observations by social scientists that laughter appears early in life, even before language occurs - and, also, that laughter and humor are universal phenomena - seem to indicate that the human laughter and humor responses have survived since earliest times for some utilitarian, social-communication, or adaptive-behavior purpose. See also DUPREEL'S SOCIOLOGICAL HUMOR/ LAUGHTER THEORY; HUMOR, THEORIES OF; MARTINEAU'S SOCIAL-COMMUNICATION MODEL OF HUMOR; RAPP'S THEORY OF THE ORIGINS OF LAUGHTER/HUMOR. REFERENCES

Wallis, W. D. (1922). Why do we laugh? Scientific Monthly, 15, 343-347. McComas, H. C. (1923). The origin of laughter. Psychological Review, 30, 4555.

Hay worth, D. (1928). The social origin and function of laughter. Psychological Review, 35, 367-384.

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