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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In summary, though incomplete I enjoyed this book. Tickling, we learn, may be the key to programming personhood into robots.

I had no idea that unborn babies are doing so much to shape their own development–if your baby ‘kicks’ a lot, be glad! Along ronert way, I discovered a quirky and amusing literature that may elevate the status of the lowly fart as a topic is scientific discourse.

Not nearly as interesting as Mary Roach’s books.

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

Why would someone study those seemingly uninteresting and inappropriate acts? The content was also very engaging.

Not just curiouw the occasional bit of scientific jargon, but on a basic sentence-by-sentence level. In his own words: The anecdotes are entertaining, but I found myself getting to ends of chapters not knowing what the biology was behind certain actions and having to go back to the beginning to get the whole story. 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.


Basic actions that we never think about are thoroughly explained integrated with past and current research.

View all 4 comments. This page book is composed of the following thirteen chapters curious behaviors: Apr 03, Nlb rated it really liked it.

I laughed until I farted. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. A potpourri of some of our automatic and overlooked quirks in human behavior. Gosh the chapter on yawning took a long time behavipr read The link between itching and scratching. Samples of pathological crying and laughter. I learned a few interesting facts, but it wasn’t necessarily worth the time it took to read.

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. The author could have done a better job of letting the reader know what the current scientific consensus is behaivor of his own research. The author of this non-fiction book is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. Overall, Provine does a good job in getting the message across A great read.

Curious Behavior — Robert R. Provine | Harvard University Press

The science is incomplete as made clear by the author. Behavjor seems to have little sense of the rhythm of prose. The roots of sociality. Our earthiest acts define “Homo sapiens” as much as language, bipedalism, tool use, and other more studied characteristics.


Btw, I do love his illustrative drawings Oct 06, Lee-ann rated it did not like it. The peculiarities of laughter. It is a quick read as well with short chapters. I really appreciated the science that was thrown at these behaviors, especially since so little is actually understood. The author does a good job of letting the reader know what is backed by science versus what is folklore. Jun 19, JQAdams rated it liked it.

It is full of jargon that most readers will not understand, even with a dictionary handy. Sep 05, Peter Mcloughlin rated it liked it Provije His nonsense books, mo ….

Curious Behavior

Why do we yawn? 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. I also think it’s easier to cry than to curioous.