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Curious behavior : yawning, laughing, hiccupping, and beyond

Author: Robert R Provine
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread--in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Upon investigation, these instinctive acts bear the imprint of our evolutionary origins and can be uniquely valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works and what makes us different from other species."--Back jacket.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert R Provine
ISBN: 9780674048515 0674048512
OCLC Number: 781432102
Description: 271 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Yawning --
Laughing --
Vocal crying --
Emotional tearing --
Whites of the eyes --
Coughing --
Sneezing --
Hiccupping --
Vomiting and nausea --
Tickling --
Itching and scratching --
Farting and belching --
Prenatal behavior.
Responsibility: Robert R. Provine.

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Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread--in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified, human behaviors. Our earthiest instinctive acts bear the imprint  Read more...

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The book provides a not-yet definitive, but often fascinating, take on our most curious behaviors. Publishers Weekly 20120604 Provine has written a charming ode to 'Small Science'-science that does Read more...

 
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