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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Open this book, which is based on serious research but reads like a detective novel, and find out how much more there is to such behavior than you ever thought. The uniquely human trait of emotional tearing.

A developmental neuroscientist, the author takes us on a tour of the evolutionary origins and communicative functions of our not-often-talked-about curiois functions. If you are looking for a popular science that addresses the often neglected quirks of being human, this book is worth reading.

I took it out of the library so I might read bits and pieces when I visit with my daughter. I do have a few problems with the book.

This book turned me into a behavlor. This is a delight to read, fascinating and humane and very often funny.

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

Mar 13, Uyar rated it it was ok. And that is exactly how [ Provine ] thinks science should be pursued. The link between itching and scratching. Provine is admirably willing to throw in technical language “the motor output of the spinal cord via the ventral roots was not disturbed”though mostly he tries to keep the tone light.

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Jan 31, Christie rated it liked it Shelves: Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations. Piece by piece we collect parts of a scientific puzzle that, once assembled, will help us see the commonplace in new ways and reveal a perspective on human nature that was always hidden in plain sight.

It is full of jargon that most readers will not understand, even with a dictionary handy.

The whole “yawning” thing got to be a bit much. As Provine guides us through peculiarities right under our noses, he beckons proine to follow with self-experiments: This book might be fun for scientists to read but I tried really hard for pages before I gave up. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

He was capabile of discharging wind through his anus to create music and other recognizable sounds. The four yawn variants. Books by Robert R. Mar 03, Jeremy rated it liked it Shelves: The prose was not compelling and the balance of science to interesting anecdote was too heavy on the science end.

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

What has really gone with the wind? A quirky book on human quirks. It’s generally an un In the spirit of Rachel Carson, Provine uses a highly accessible writing style to tell people why they do the things they do. Feb 05, Linda Rosenfeld magid added it.

And prenatal behavior is offered as the strangest exhibit of all, defying postnatal logic in every way. I did read this a curios lightly, because I am still a novice with ebooks, esp.

This is really more of a 3. I really wanted to find this interesting, and I know he was trying to speak in layman’s terms, but it just wasn’t cutting it.

Each chapter comes across as an abstract rather than an in-depth analysis. But it’s the last chapter on embryology that I loved the most. In his own words: Potential science fair projects curuous well as PhD dissertations are found in these pages So perhaps Provine is more thinking of “things you encounter every day,” but then probine a chapter on prenatal behavior, so the book’s topic is really just “things the author finds interesting.