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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Overall, Provine does a good job in getting the message across A great read.

Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. There aren’t many books that seriously investigate tickling, laughing, crying, etc.

His nonsense books, mo …. Feb 05, Linda Rosenfeld magid added it. I enjoyed the book. A look at bulimia.

Sep 28, Becky Roper rated it it was tobert Shelves: Its inescapable transmission reminds us that we are sometimes unaware, neurologically programmed beasts of the herd.

And then there is the peril of exporting natural gas: Prov I’ll admit that reading the chapter on yawning was a bit of a struggle.

I had no idea that unborn babies are doing so much to shape their own development–if your baby ‘kicks’ a lot, be glad! Small Science can yield big rewards. The link between itching and scratching.


Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond

The chapters on vomiting and itching were interesting, but the others seemed hobbled together and didn’t illuminate much on the topic. Ultimately, the book could use more continuity in style and content. My 2 year old can cry at will pretty easily, and I don’t know anyone who can actually hiccough on command. Just behavoir moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Curious Behavior

Mar 17, kristin rated it liked it Shelves: Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. This page book is composed of the following thirteen chapters curious behaviors: Unfortunately, Provine comes across as having curioux chip on his shoulder, emphasizing the importance and practicality of HIS type of research in almost every chapter.

In the spirit of Rachel Carson, Provine uses a highly accessible writing style to tell people why they do the things they do. Along the way, I discovered a quirky and amusing literature that may elevate the status of the lowly fart as a topic is scientific discourse.

Curious Behavior — Robert R. Provine | Harvard University Press

Provine is admirably willing to throw in technical language “the motor output of the spinal cord via the ventral roots was not disturbed”though mostly he tries to keep the tone light. Samples of pathological crying and laughter.


If not a page turner, it is at least easy to rrobert up and read at any particular point. The author has an entertaining way of presenting the material and I loved the cartoons that were included in the chapters and the media examples of real life cases of epidemic levels of contagious laughter and persistent hiccups that last for months.

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

He also let us know that the average person farts about 15 times per day. Currious of the eyes, 6. Aug 21, Rock Angel marked it as i-aint-sure Shelves: Our earthiest acts define “Homo sapiens” as much as language, bipedalism, tool use, and other more studied characteristics. Loads of accessible brain fun.

Jul 04, Lavinia rated it liked it Shelves: Why do we provinne Not nearly as interesting as Mary Roach’s books. Much of this is easy for a layperson to read: