Where does laughter fit into the emotion debate?

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


There is an enduring debate around the nature of emotions; on one side, the Basic Emotions Theory suggests strong specificity and a direct relationship between emotion and expressive behaviour. The Behavioural Ecology View and the Theory of Constructed Emotions take a contrary position and emphasise the variation inherent in the use of expressive non-verbal behaviour. Laughter presents an interesting non-verbal social signal within this debate. It is inherently dynamic; it can produce strong acoustic, postural, and facial behaviour. It also interacts with linguistic behaviour in intriguing ways and appears more often in social interactions than people suspect. This talk will ask the question of laughter’s place within the emotions debate. Is laughter a well placed social signal to inform us about the relationship between social signals and emotions?
Period24 Jun 2022
Event titleLanguage Resources and Evaluation Conference
Event typeConference
Conference number13
LocationMarseille, FranceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational