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Laughter research has found that only a small percentage oflaughter, less than 20%, is a sincere response to someone's humor.

In fact, laughter is primarily asocial signal, as opposed to an emotional outburst.

People are 30 times more likely to laugh in a group setting than when they are alone, leadingobservers to conclude laughter has a primarily social function.

For instance, there's “polite” laughter. How often have you found yourself laughing at someone'sattempt at being funny in order to spare their feelings or make them feel good?

Research has also found that women tend to laugh a good deal more than men.

And malespeakers tend to elicit more laughter than female speakers.

Laughter may very well be a sign of power dynamics between people, signaling dominance andsubmission, acceptance and rejection.

Certainly, that seems to be the case when someone islaughing at you rather than with you.

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