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Humor and Laughter May Influence Health IV. Humor and Immune Function

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Humor and Laughter May Influence Health IV. Humor and Immune Function

Mary Payne Bennett et al. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.

Abstract

This is the final article in a four part series reviewing the influence of humor and laughter on physiological and psychological well-being. This final article reviews the evidence for the effect of sense of humor, exposure to a humor stimulus and laughter on various immune system components, with a focus on the effects of laughter on natural killer cell cytotoxicity.

Keywords: Humor; Immune Function; Laughter; Psychoneuroimmunology.

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Figure 1.
Plot represents the relationship between change in NK cell functioning and subject humor response (24).

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