Researchers finds Laughter increases memory makeimmune system function better

Laughter increases memory, finds new study

10:29 AM, 6th May 2014
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CALIFORNIA, US: A new study has revealed that humor and laughter can help lessen the damage that stress hormone cortisol has on memory and learning ability in the elderly. Cortisol decreases memory hippocampal neurons, lowers the blood pressure, and increases blood flow and mood state. According to the researchers at Loma Linda University, there was a significant decrease in cortisol concentrations among both groups who watched a funny video and showed greater improvement in all areas of the memory assessment when compared to controls.

Researcher Gurinder Singh Bains said that their findings offer potential clinical and rehabilitative benefits that can be applied to wellness programme for the elderly and the cognitive components, such as learning ability and delayed recall, become more challenging as people age and are essential to older adults for an improved quality of life.

The study revealed that the act of laughter-or simply enjoying some humor-increases the release of endorphins and dopamine in the brain, which provides a sense of pleasure and reward and the positive and beneficial neurochemical changes, in turn, make the immune system function better.

 

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