May 22, 2020

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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Many activities showcased in “Curious Behavior” are contagious, but none surpasses yawning in this regard–just reading the word can make one succumb. The importance of unconscious processes.

This page book is compo Curious Behavior: Provine has written a stimulating book on the everyday quirks of behavior.

Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond

A lot of interesting factoids in this book for cocktail conversation and some insight into uniquely social and human aspects of ubiquitous behavior that is usually not noted. Mar 13, Uyar rated it it was ok.

Coughing comes in musical, medical, and social varieties. And then there is the peril of exporting natural gas: The uniquely human trait of emotional tearing. To ask other readers questions about Curious Behaviorplease sign up. Each topic is discussed from an evolutionary point of view which puts everything in perspective.


It made me reflect on my everyday habits, and others.

In some instances, they are one and the same. The contrast between human and chimpanzee laughter.

Curious Behavior — Robert R. Provine | Harvard University Press

Sorry, you must be a member of the group to do that. I will look for more by the author, maybe even a website This book is truly one of a kind. The first few chapters are a bit hard to get through but the rest is a lot easier. He did make the point that grant money for his specialties was pretty thin on the ground in Maryland, but the cost of equipment was minimal. I just wish there were more of them. A lot of what is presented in the book is common sense, but it is still an entertaining read.

I laughed until I farted. Most of this behavior that we dismiss as trivial does illustrate how deeply social our species is as a lot of it is used for signaling to A potpourri of some of our automatic and overlooked quirks in human behavior. The writing in the book is strikingly odd.


The scientific approach used is ethology, the evolutionary based, biological study of behavior. Hence the i-aint-sure label A fellow “both passing gas and speaking involve the expulsion of gas and vibration to produce a sound.

Jan 18, Cheryle rated it liked it.

Not aggressively light to the point where he’s trying to be primarily a humor writer in the Mary Roach mold: Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. I enjoyed this book. His act was always a hit with the orbert. The content was also very engaging. Via the Atlanticwatch Robert Provine discuss why, and how, we laugh: As Provine guides us through peculiarities right under our noses, he beckons us to follow with self-experiments: Farting and belching and Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

As Provine guides us through peculiarities right under our noses, he beckons us to follow with self-experiments: The link between behaviorr and scratching.