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. 2004 May;8(5):193-4.
doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2004.03.007.

Something Funny Happened to Reward


Something Funny Happened to Reward

Gregory S Berns. Trends Cogn Sci. .


The human reward system has been shown to be activated by a wide range of reinforcers, including food, money, sex, drugs, and beauty. Now, a recent fMRI study has found mesolimbic reward activation associated with humorous cartoons, providing a neurobiological link between theories of humour and hedonic processes in the brain.

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