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.
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.
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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