Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Contagious Laughter = Mass Hysteria ?
On my walk home today, I was listening to the Radiolab podcast on laughter. They mentioned this contagious laughter disease that spread in Tanzania soon after the country gained independence and it was so interesting. A producer of the show went to investigate and explained that this "disease" may not have been caused by a specific pathogen but rather a psychological response to independence and new culture. Check it out for yourself!
Click here to read the article that was put out about it in 1963 from the Central African Medical Journal.
Click here to listen to the entire podcast about laughter (and I highly recommend this podcast in general).