Psycholinguistics

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Our use of laughter and swearing as forms of emotional expression are two of the topics featured in a new BPS series of audio interviews with prominent psychologists.

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In this interview Dr. Sophie Scott, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London discusses the different aspects of laughter.

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In this interview Dr. Richard Stephens, Senior Psychology Lecturer at Keele University, discusses his research regarding how we use swearing as an emotional language.

You can also read a related article by Dr. Stephens in the BPS monthly magazine The Psychologist called ‘Swearing - the language of life and death’.

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Research led by Dr Katie Slocombe and Dr Anne Schel from the University of York has discovered remarkable similarities between the production of vocalisations of wild chimpanzees and human language.