The science of jokes: what makes us laugh

14 March 2019, 19:30 - 21:00
Chelmsford campus

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Presented Dr Michelle Sheehan & Dr Vahid Parvaresh


Join us for a LOL hands-on session that explores the science behind the art of humour. What makes us laugh and why?


During this session, we will explore the science of what makes jokes funny. Starting with English, we will dissect some award-winning jokes to see what makes them so good. We will also review some groan-inducing ‘Dad jokes’ to see why exactly they provoke this kind of reaction in us. By the end of the session, you will leave the room with your sides split and a deep linguistic understanding of the science of English humour.


Dr Sheehan and Dr Parvaresh are both linguists. Dr Sheehan specialises in the structure of language and Dr Parvaresh in how language is used in context.

Event Details

14 March 2019, 19:30 - 21:00
Chelmsford campus
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