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You know that sometimes you laugh like a fool: you see two people laughing, and without knowing the reason, you burst into laughter anyway.
Scientists have recently proven that laughter is indeed contagious: the brain responds to the sound of laughter and puts the rictus on your face.
"It seems that it's absolutely true that 'laugh and the whole world laughs with you," said Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist at the University College London.
"We've known for some time that when we are talking to someone, we often mirror their behavior, copying the words they use and mimicking their gestures. Now we've shown that the same appears to apply to laughter, too-at least at the level of the brain."
So next time you can't help but laugh... blame your brain! It just can't help but join the party!