Sarcasm and Healthy Brains

Some folks just don't get it. Literally. Their brains are not able to process certain types of humor, such as sarcasm. In 2005, researchers found that the front portion of our brains process sarcasm. If that part of your brain isn't working correctly, re-runs of Seinfeld will make little or no sense to you. Another example: If I wrote, "Another mural is just a lame attempt to divert the peasants from seeing the problems," some people might not understand this to be sarcasm. It would only confuse them. A report by the BBC says: By comparing healthy people and those with damage to different parts of the brain, they found the front of the brain was key to understanding sarcasm. Damage to any of three different areas could render individuals unable to understand sarcastic comments. Full Story...

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