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The effect of humor on short-term memory in older adults: a new component for whole-person wellness.

  title={The effect of humor on short-term memory in older adults: a new component for whole-person wellness.},
  author={G. Bains and L. Berk and N. Daher and E. Lohman and E. Schwab and J. Petrofsky and P. Deshpande},
  journal={Advances in mind-body medicine},
  volume={28 2},
  • G. Bains, L. Berk, +4 authors P. Deshpande
  • Published 2014
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Advances in mind-body medicine
  • CONTEXT For older adults, the damaging effects of aging and stress can impair the ability to learn and sustain memory. Humor, with its associated mirthful laughter, can reduce stress and cortisol, a stress hormone. Chronic release of cortisol can damage hippocampus neurons, leading to impairment of learning and memory. OBJECTIVES The primary goal of this study was to determine whether watching a humorous video had an effect on short-term memory in an older population. DESIGN The research… CONTINUE READING
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