IS LAUGHTER INFECTIOUS?
SCIENCE GALLERY INVITES YOU TO LOL AT THE GALLERY
What makes us laugh? In early 1962 a laughter epidemic broke out in a girls' convent school in Tanzania. The giggling frenzy spread around the country affecting over 1,000 people and forcing 14 schools to close until it was finally contained over two years later. Why is laughter so contagious? Why do TV shows use canned laughter even though most people find it irritating? Is laughter really the best medicine?
These are just some of the questions that will be asked at INFECTIOUS LAUGHTER the closing week for the INFECTIOUS exhibition at the Science Gallery July 11- 17.
FROM 11:07:09 - STUDIO 2
PIERO STEINLE: THE TRIUMPH OF LAUGHTER
Come and experience the Irish premiere of the work The Triumph of Laughter by Milan-based artist Piero Steinle, featuring street children, prisoners, nuns and other unlikely groups around the world forced to laugh by the artist. Find out more here.Â
17:07:09 - FROM 18:00
INFECTIOUS LAUGHTER CLOSING EVENT
Featuring a talk by celebrated psychologist Richard Wiseman, creator of the Laugh Lab, with the mission to find the world's funniest joke, and a discussion on laughter hosted by George Hook, the event will also involve live experiments on the audience by laughter-scientist Sophie Scott and the artist Piero Steinle. To attend this event you will need to become a member of the Science Gallery - sign up here for free today.
Book your tickets for INFECTIOUS LAUGHTER HERE.
INFECTIOUS LAUGHTER brings to an end the INFECTIOUS exhibition at the Science Gallery exploring contagion and epidemics which has been visited by over 40,000 people since opening on April 17. The exhibition is free and is open Tuesday to Friday 12.00-20.00 and Saturday-Sunday 12.00-18.00 until July 17.