Laughing is a good strategy for building new relationships

March 16, 2015 10:41 PM

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According to researchers at the University College London and the University of Oxford, the creation of new relationships requires individuals to open up to each other and share personal information. In an experiment, scientists found laughter encouraged the sharing of personal info -- even if those sharing were unaware of their new-found openness.

When some 112 university students were randomly split into groups and shown videos, individuals that saw funnier videos were more likely to share information about themselves with a stranger. Researchers measured the amount of laughter that each video induced and then had groups interact with each o...

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