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

The chapter “Prenatal Behavior” isn’t a perfect fit with the others, but then, neither is “The Whites of their Eyes” This book is truly one of a kind. Neuroscientist Robert Provine turns an evolutionary lens on curiius from the gross to the faintly improper. Provine has written a stimulating book on the everyday quirks of behavior. 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. Sep 28, Becky Roper rated it it was ok Shelves: Lists with This Book.

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Provine is admirably willing to throw in technical language “the motor output of the spinal provinr via the ventral roots was not disturbed”though mostly he tries to keep the tone light. Btw, I do love his illustrative drawings Burping and farting were involved in the development of speech, says Provine.

Feb 05, Linda Rosenfeld magid added it. I learned a lot about things I had never really thought much about before. I wonder whar Provine might think about my friend, the hiccup-stopping equivalent of Rasputin There aren’t many books that benavior investigate tickling, laughing, crying, etc.

Curious Behavior

Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. The importance of the sclera white of the eyessocial signaling.

curius I do have a few problems with the book. But this one didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s a really good read, and can give your small talk game a bump.

It made me reflect on my everyday habits, and others. Want to Read saving….

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May 10, Little rated it really liked it Shelves: In addition to farting and belching, other curious human behaviors such as yawning, laughing, hiccupping, coughing, tickling, itching, vomiting, crying, and tearing are explored like never before. In his own eobert Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Yawning, laughing, crying, tearing, sneezing, hiccupping, expelling flatus, and a bit on behavior of fetuses. Including the explanation of why we sneeze.

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Enough to whet the appetite but provins enough to satisfy the hunger. A developmental neuroscientist, the author takes us on a tour of the evolutionary origins and communicative functions of our not-often-talked-about bodily functions.

The book is definitely a call for ‘small science’ and Provine would be the first to admit that we can easily find evidence to dispute his analyses. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Nov 22, Deb rated it it was amazing. The roots of sociality.

Via the Atlanticwatch Robert Provine discuss why, and how, we laugh: I would recommend it to people who like nonfiction about weird things, especially fans of Mary Roach.