Many babies are already laughing by three months old. (Many others aren’t as babies start laughing a wide range of ages.) These videos sent to us by Gord Thompson show that his son Jasper was laughing early. In the first one Gord is playing with Jasper’s hands while Jasper’s mother is filming. Jasper is only 9 weeks old and although the world must be extremely bewildering for him, he seems to find life amusing.
In the second video, Jasper is three months old and this time it’s his mom Jenn who is entertaining him. As Jasper clearly demonstrates young babies really love physical sensations like tickling and rocking. Thanks to Jasper and his family for helping with our research.
If you have a video of your baby laughing please send it to us. If you don’t, why not record one?
It had to happen sooner or later, those two YouTube juggernauts, laughing babies and Korean popstar Psy have collided. Stephenie sent us this video of her 1 & 1/2 year old dancing and laughing to the Gangnam Style video. His favorite bit seems to be when the music stops and starts again. Apparently, Mom, Dad, Sister, Aunt, Grandma and Grandpa were all present too. Stephenie doesn’t report if they were dancing too. And looking at youtube’s list of similar videos, it seems he isn’ the only one.
We are a little bit early for Halloween but I thought I would share these with you. The spooky consequences of slowing down or shifting the pitch of babies laughter and tears until they sound a bit like adults. The results are unsettling to say the least. First off a friend found a pitch adjusted version of a baby crying.
Worringly, it sounds a bit like sobbing too. Which is interesting in itself since laughter and tears are the first communicative sounds that babies can make. However, when slowed down a little less baby laughter sounds surprisingly normal. The original full speed version is here. I think they sound a lot like legendary British comedian Sid James
A little while ago a friend sent me this excellent video of twins. They’re having what is clearly a deeply meaningful conversation but it’s in a language that seem to have made up themselves. My friend wondering if I knew what they might be talking about. I’ve provided my interpretation below but I suggest you watch it for yourself and form your own theory before seeing if you agree with me.
Professor Sophie Scott from University College London has been studying the biomechanics of laughter and what happens in the brain when we hear people laughing. She gave a great talk about this at the recent TEDx Imperial College.
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