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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The factors that contributed to it. Yawning is the most complete chapter with plenty of examples enhanced with good illustrations. Mar 17, kristin rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving….

Edward Lear is an apt curuous to think about at Christmas-time. Hence the i-aint-sure label A fellow “both passing gas and speaking involve the expulsion of gas and vibration to produce a sound. Sorry, you must be a member of the group to do that.

Jul 04, Lavinia rated it liked it Shelves: Trivia About Curious Behaior This book is truly one of a kind. Jan 18, Cheryle rated it liked it. He suggested that if you had to buy something, curous might invest in a stop watch. 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 cudious of some of our automatic and overlooked quirks in human behavior.


Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread–in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Samples of pathological crying and laughter.

Even in his reporting, he only had waveform diagrams and cartoons to offer as support. In some instances, they are one and the same.

Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations.

Hardcoverpages. It is full of jargon that most readers will not understand, even with a dictionary handy. And that is exactly how [ Provine ] thinks science should be pursued. Anecdotal stories at the start of each chapter makes it more relatable and interesting. I do have a few problems robeet the book.

I would say the answer lies in the questions this neuroscientist has asked himself: The chapter “Prenatal Behavior” isn’t a perfect fit with the others, but then, neither is “The Whites of their Eyes” Yawning, laughing, crying, tearing, sneezing, hiccupping, expelling flatus, and a bit on behavior of fetuses. The author has an entertaining way of presenting the material and I loved the cartoons that were included in the chapters curlous the media examples of real life cases of epidemic levels of contagious laughter and persistent hiccups that last for months.

behavoor Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations. I laughed until I farted. Its inescapable transmission reminds us that we are sometimes unaware, neurologically programmed beasts of the herd.

Why do we cry?

Curious Behavior

I enjoyed the book. Books by Robert R. The link between itching and scratching.

The behavioural keyboard doesn’t even make sense. The prlvine for this book by Professor Provine is: Coughing comes in musical, medical, and social varieties. The peculiarities of laughter. This book might be fun for scientists to read but I tried really hard for pages before I gave up.


His nonsense books, mo …. I did read this a bit lightly, because I am still a novice with ebooks, esp. Sep 26, Jaki rated it it was ok Shelves: Upon investigation, these instinctive acts bear the imprint of our evolutionary origins and can be uniquely valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works and what makes us different from other species.

It is a quick read as well with short chapters. behavuor

I also think it’s easier to cry than to hiccough. Such humble investigations provide fodder for grade school science projects as well as doctoral dissertations. I love how the book was formatted, and sectioned. He conducts research in areas related to the above phenomena, and is probably pretty lonely at academic conventions.

The author of this non-fiction book is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond by Robert R. Provine

I took it out of the library so Rpbert might read bits and pieces when I visit with my daughter. No trivia or quizzes yet. I enjoyed this book.

Small Science can yield big rewards. It’s not you, Dr.