Laugh Tracks Do Actually Make Jokes Funnier

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Hey, what do you call a sleeping dinosaur? A dino-SNORE!

What’s wrong, don’t find that funny? Well, what if I told you the exact same joke, but instead of crickets, uproarious laughter accompanied the punchline? According to a study today in Current Biology, you’d find it noticeably funnier.

The researchers found that even if the laughter is fake — posed, and not actual spontaneous laughter — it’d still boost your opinion of an associated joke. But genui

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