The laughter of tiny babies is not just a phenomenally popular theme for YouTube videos, it is also a fantastic window into the workings of the human brain. You can’t laugh unless you get the joke and neither can your baby. At Birkbeck Babylab we study how babies learn about the world. We believe that studying early laughter in detail will throw new light on the workings of babies’ brains, as well as offering new insights into the uniquely human characteristic that is humour.
There are LOTS of ways you and your baby can help us:
1. Send us laughing baby videos
We want know about all the different and surprising things that make babies laugh. Already, we been sent some wonderful videos, including a video of the world’s youngest ever fan of tearing paper. If you find a good video online, let us know. Better yet find a baby and film one of your own and send us the link.
2. Submit a baby laughter field report
We are very interested in the particular incidents that make babies laugh. Who was present? What was so funny? Parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and friends are all encouraged to file a short ‘field report‘ on their infant observations.
3. Complete our Laughter survey
We are conducting the largest ever global survey of early laughter. If you are parent with a child under two and a half, please take our baby laughter survey here. It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.
4. Follow the blogs
We will be keeping a record of our progress and posting our findings on our main blog and post new videos to our video blog video blog. If you are interested in what we find out or want to read about what is making other babies laugh, please follow our announcements on twitter or subscribe to our RSS feeds:
5. Tell your friends.
The more babies we find out about the better. Please click one of the sharing buttons below, or simply tell your friends the old fashioned way.
Dr. Caspar Addyman