Curious Behavior and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. . In Curious Behavior, Robert Provine provides clear, entertaining, and (most. Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread–in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread—in search of hiccups, coughs.

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Burping and farting were involved in the development of speech, says Provine. This book is truly one of a kind.

The behavioural keyboard doesn’t even make sense. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Interesting subject matter – just needed a better translator to make it a compelling read.

I also think it’s easier to cry than to hiccough. If not a page turner, it is at least easy to pick up and read at any particular point. I assume he’s sacrificing the meaning of the words being used to try behaavior euphonious wordplay, but that seems like an odd call to make. His nonsense books, mo …. And prenatal behavior is offered as the strangest exhibit of all, defying postnatal logic in every way.

A confluence of circumstances forced the subject on me…With tenure safely in hand, I forged ahead. I enjoyed curiouw book. The link between itching and scratching.

Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond by Robert R. Provine

Enough to whet the appetite but not enough to satisfy the hunger. The author also repeats himself a lot, probably in an attempt to make a book out of things that don’t really have a lot behind them.


I just wish there were more of them. Provine has written a stimulating book on the everyday quirks of behavior. He suggested that if you had to buy something, you might invest in a stop watch. It’s roughly in the style of an excited science presenter at an junior-high assembly with the occasional dad joke, even when the content veers into slightly more adult territory.

Sep 28, Becky Roper rated it roobert was ok Shelves: The writing style and topics are so provocative, one is hard pressed not to enact these behaviors while reading. The contrast between human and chimpanzee laughter. Farting and belching have import for the evolution of human speech. To ask other readers curikus about Curious Behaviorplease sign up. Jan 31, Christie rated it liked it Shelves: The subtitle for this book provjne Professor Provine is: I laughed until I farted.

Mar 03, Jeremy rated it liked it Shelves: Not a reflection on the author but if you the reader are expecting conclusive data or something close to it on these matters you will be disappointed.

Sep 26, Jaki rated it it was ok Shelves: Curioux science fair projects as well as PhD dissertations are found in beuavior pages Focusing on one subject may be more effective.

Curious Behavior

No trivia or quizzes yet. This is not a book to read when you have five or ten minutes to spare.

I learned a lot about things I had never really thought much about before. I read a few that said it wasn’t a great read so I didn’t read much of it. This page book is compo Curious Behavior: Such humble investigations provide fodder for grade school science behzvior as well as doctoral dissertations.


Discusses the evolutionary reason for such behaviours, and provkne sometimes surprising role amongst social animals such as ourselves. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

He did make the point that grant money for his specialties was pretty thin on the ground in Maryland, but the cost of equipment was minimal. In some instances, they are one and the same. I especially enjoyed the chapters discussing the psychophysiology of yawning and vomiting, and how could anyone resist the tale of Frenchman Joseph Pujol who was the most highly paid entertainer of his time, farting music at the Moulin Rouge? Many activities showcased in “Curious Behavior” are contagious, but none surpasses yawning in this regard–just ptovine the word can make one succumb.

He was capabile of curiouw wind through his anus to create music and other recognizable sounds.

Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is a quick read as well with short chapters. Tickling, we learn, may be the key to programming personhood into robots.