What did Hecker say about laughter? Funny you should ask

Israeli Journal of Humor Research 9 (2):44-48 (2020)
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The Darwin-Hecker hypothesis, viz. that laughter induced by tickling and humor share common underlying mechanisms, is so-called in part because of a quotation attributed to Ewald Hecker. However, a German counterpart of the quotation does not appear in the location cited. Some textual sleuthing is undertaken to find out what Hecker actually wrote and where he wrote it.

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Karl Pfeifer
University of Saskatchewan


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