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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Piece by piece we collect parts of a scientific puzzle that, rboert assembled, will help us see the commonplace in new ways and reveal a perspective on human nature that was always hidden in plain sight. I really wanted to find this interesting, and I know he was trying to speak in layman’s terms, but it just wasn’t cutting it.

Including the explanation of why we sneeze.

He did let us know about an artist who put his talents of farting to work for his support. Mar 17, kristin rated it liked it Shelves: Over the years, Provine has investigated these and other behaviors in the lab and on the street, and the pfovine is beautifully written and constantly surprising.

It’s a really good read, and can give your small talk game a bump. I feel like the farts were almost forced in between bbehavior more related behaviours – fortunately though.

Sep 28, Becky Roper rated it it was ok Shelves: The roots of sociality. Nov 22, Deb rated it it was amazing. It’s not you, Dr. The difference between crying and laughter. The social play of tickling. The content was also very engaging. Sep 22, Book rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 09, William rated it liked it Shelves: Sorry, you must be a member of the group to do that.


Never has our coughing, tickling, itching, belching and all else cyrious in the subtitle been explored so nicely in curioys compact book.

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

The author also repeats himself a lot, probably in an attempt to make a book out of things that don’t really have a lot behind them. The book may provide new windows into autistic behaviors, schizophrenia, and the definition of self… In a world where there is an increasing gulf between the public and scientists, Provine leads by example with straightforward science communication… This book is a must-have for any connoisseur of human behavior, whether studying in a classroom or from a barstool.

It is all presented in a way that is acceptable to the layperson and includes easy experiments that the First ribert Return to Book Page. In all honesty, he admits that hard data on the causes and effects of these various human behaviors is pretty skimpy.

The science is incomplete as made clear by the author.

Curious Behavior — Robert R. Provine | Harvard University Press

Coughing comes in musical, medical, and social varieties. If not a page turner, it is at least easy to pick up and read at any particular point. Open this book, which is based on serious research but reads like a detective novel, and find out how much more there is to such behavior than you ever thought.

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Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond

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. The writing in the book is strikingly odd. It’s much too technical.


But this one didn’t live up to my expectations. Other neglected behaviors roobert similar revelations. Feb 05, Linda Rosenfeld magid added it.

He tries to explain in plain language and with some humor, the strange goings-on we experience in our bodies. Preview — Behqvior Behavior by Robert R. The causes and phases of sneezing. What started as a playful acoustic analysis led to the quite serious consideration of why we speak through the mouth instead of the rectum.

Curious Behavior

The difference between genders. If you want to know, read the book! So perhaps Provine is more thinking of “things you encounter every day,” but then there’s a chapter on prenatal behavior, so the book’s topic is really just “things the author finds interesting. The author does a good job of letting the reader know provind is backed by science versus what is folklore.

In summary, though incomplete I enjoyed this book. Cures for bouts of hiccups. Provine has written a stimulating book on the everyday quirks of behavior. Provine seems to have little sense of the rhythm of prose. A potpourri of some of our automatic and overlooked quirks in human behavior. The author of this non-fiction book is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience.